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CMS Issues Changes to COVID-19 Survey Activities and Increases Oversight in Nursing Homes

Last updated on 11/18/2021

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued Quality Safety & Oversight Memo QSO-22-02-ALL (PDF).

The memo includes the following key updates:

  • CMS is announcing steps to assist state survey agencies in addressing the backlog of complaint and recertification surveys. These steps include:
    • Revising the criteria for conducting COVID-19 Focused Infection Control (FIC) Surveys.
    • Guidance for resuming recertification surveys.
    • Temporary guidance and minor flexibilities related to complaint investigations.
  • CMS is increasing oversight in nursing homes to allow a more focused review of quality-of-life and quality-of-care concerns.

Read the details.