A global pandemic from a virus that predominantly affects the elderly and those with significant comorbidities, especially those living in congregate settings, is arguably the most significant thing to ever happen to the nursing home industry. As facilities work diligently to keep residents safe, they continue to struggle to obtain necessary supplies and navigate the continually changing guidance issued by the CDC and CMS regarding COVID-19 prevention and care. CMS has also greatly enhanced oversight on the prevention and management of COVID-19 through Infection Control (IC) focused surveys, which began June 1, 2020. This session will focus on the main IC issues identified during the surveys and what facilities can do to prepare for the surveys and prevent deficiencies. It will also address the enhanced enforcement implemented for IC surveys and how this may have a lasting effect on the facility’s star rating even after this crisis has ended.
Identify areas of focus for infection control surveys.
Discuss the top issues cited during the infection control surveys.
Describe ways to prevent infection control survey deficiencies.
Describe the enhanced enforcement for infection control surveys and how deficiencies and enhanced enforcement will affect facilities going forward.