On March 23, 2020, CMS released
prioritizing and suspending most federal and state survey agency (SSA) surveys, and delaying revisit surveys for the next three weeks beginning on March 20, 2020, for all nursing homes. For non-IJ related onsite surveys that are currently in process, survey teams are instructed to end the survey and exit the facility.
State and federal surveyors should not enter the building, for any type of survey, if they are unable to meet the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) expectations outlined by the latest CDC guidance. They may instead obtain necessary information remotely, to the extent possible.
Federal and state surveyors will conduct targeted infection control surveys of providers identified together with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). They will use this
to review infection prevention and control practices. All facilities are highly encouraged to utilize the survey tool to conduct their own facility self-assessment to ensure measures are in place and to demonstrate a proactive approach to COVID-19 prevention.
Additional changes over the next three weeks include:
- Standard surveys and non-IJ revisits are suspended for three weeks.
- Complaints and facility-reported incidents triaged at the IJ level will continue.
- Perform self-assessments on infection control using surveyor tool.
to read the full update on changes in survey prioritization during this time.