Survey & Certification Letters

  • Pilot-Test: Focused Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (F-QAPI) Surveys for Organ Transplant Programs – Informational Only
  • Organ Procurement Organizations (OPO) Agreements with Hospitals
  • Surveyor Technical Assistant for Renal Disease (STAR) automated End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) survey program upgrade release to coordinate with the ESRD Core Survey process roll-out Purpose:
  • Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Clearance Process– Changes to State Survey Agency Responsibilities in Obtaining Information for Civil Rights Clearances for Initial Certifications and Changes of Ownership (CHOWs)
  • Compliance with the Life Safety Code (LSC) in End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Facilities
  • Provision of Inpatient Psychiatric Services to Individuals Under the Age of 21(Psych Under 21 Benefit) in Out-of-State Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTFs)
  • Reminder: Access and Visitation Rights in Long Term Care (LTC) Facilities
  • Changes to the Nursing Home Compare Website Data that is Available for Download on the Medicare.gov Website (Effective July 2013)
  • Public Release of the Five-Star Quality Rating System Three-Year Report
  • End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Home Dialysis Only Facilities Offering Home Hemodialysis (HHD), Home Peritoneal Dialysis (PD), or Both HHD and PD Modalities
  • Notice –Revision to the Ninth Opportunity National Background Check Program Funding
  • Guidance Regarding the Deployment of the Emergency Use Approval (EUA) Bird Flu Test (H7N9) to State Public Health Laboratories (PHLs) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Advance Copy– Changes for Sub-Task 5E, Medication Pass Observation Protocol for Long Term Care (LTC) Facilities
  • Rollout of Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) Materials for Nursing Homes
  • Release of Mandatory Surveyor Training Program on Care of Persons with Dementia and Unnecessary Antipsychotic Medication Use – Release of Third Video
  • Advanced Copy: Dementia Care in Nursing Homes: Clarification to Appendix P State Operations Manual (SOM) and Appendix PP in the SOM for F309 – Quality of Care and F329 – Unnecessary Drugs
  • Cost Allocations for Surveys of Home Health Agencies (HHAs)
  • Revision to State Operations Manual (SOM), Hospital Appendix A - Interpretive Guidelines for 42 CFR 482.43, Discharge Planning
  • Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Medicare Enrollment Guidance Updated
  • Delayed Publication of Scientific Registry for Transplant Recipients (SRTR) Program Specific Reports (PSR) and Implications for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Transplant Program Oversight
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