Prioritization of CMS Survey Activities

A pre-recorded Joint Commission and Joint Commission Resources webinar.

On Friday, March 13, 2020, the President declared a national emergency, which triggered the Secretary’s ability to authorize waivers or modifications of certain requirements pursuant to section 1135 of the Social Security Act (the Act). Specifically, under section 1135(b)(5) of the Act, CMS has prioritized and suspended certain federal and SSA surveys, and is delaying revisit surveys, pursuant to federal requirements for three (3) weeks, beginning March 20, 2020, for all certified provider and supplier types. This webinar will discuss what surveys have been prioritized and the changes made to the survey process. It will also include special instructions for nursing homes, education and signage, limitations on visitors and access for health care staff.


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This is informational material and does not constitute legal advice regarding any specific situation.