With the coming of spring and the number of COVID cases on the decline in long term care facilities/communities, now is the time to begin to prepare for the re-start of full surveys/inspections. In a meeting with Residential Care Services (RCS) on Monday,
March 22, it was indicated that RCS plans to launch full inspections/surveys sometime around the second week of April. This will be a slow start. A Dear Provider letter is imminent. RCS staff will be undergoing a refresher of survey/inspection processes, expectations, and positive communication training the first week of April.
At this point, RCS does not plan to initiate a full inspection in a facility with a known COVID outbreak. These inspections will continue to be managed through the complaint investigation/infection control survey processes. If an outbreak is identified once a survey has been initiated, it will be handled on a case-by-case basis and could result in the survey being aborted or completed, depending on the situation. The survey process for both skilled nursing and assisted living will be managed through a hybrid of onsite and offsite work. As more information becomes available, WHCA will ensure you are informed through our COVID-19 Updates. If you have questions, please email Vicki McNealley or Elena Madrid.