CMS Prioritizes Surveys For Next Three Weeks

CMS announced yesterday that it is prioritizing surveys by authorizing modification of timetables and deadlines for the performance of certain required activities, delaying revisit surveys, and generally exercising enforcement discretion for the next three weeks. During this timeframe, the only types of surveys that will be prioritized and conducted are 

  • Complaint/facility -reported incident surveys
  • Targeted infection control surveys
  • Self-assessments for infection control

During this period, standard surveys–including life safety and emergency preparedness elements of standard surveys as well as revisits that are not associated with Immediate Jeopardy (IJ).  The full priorization memo, as well as the infection control self-assessment are downloadable here:

CMS Survey Prioritization Guidance

COVID-19 Self Assessment