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State Survey Agencies Restart Hospital Survey Activities

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On March 26, 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) lifted a suspension on hospital surveys and said most on-site survey activity would resume as normal, writes Healthcare Finance.

On January 20, 2021, to ensure quality of care oversight while providing hospitals the ability to focus on serving their patients and communities, CMS issued QSO-21-13-Hospitals limiting hospital surveys for 30 days to include complaint surveys restricted to immediate jeopardy complaint allegations posing eminent danger to patients at the hospital, noncompliance with Medicare hospital conditions of participation, and requiring immediate action to be taken to protect the health and safety of patients. Hospital recertification surveys were suspended except for a subset of hospital reaccreditation surveys per guidance provided to the accrediting organizations. Hospital enforcement actions for deficiencies that did not represent immediate jeopardy had their termination date extended for at least 30 days.

On February 18, 2021, CMS extended these hospital survey limitations for an additional 30 days until March 22, 2021.

On March 26, CMS announced the lifting of the 30 day limitations imposed for hospital surveys as of March 23, 2021 with State Survey Agencies (SAs) resuming survey activity in accordance with the Non-Long Term Care Guidance in QSO 20-35-All.

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