Survey Revisit Policy Changes.On May 3, 2001, the Health Care Financing Administration Health Care Financing Administration,
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(2) (Conversational Monitor System) Software that provides interactive communications for IBM's VM operating system. ), issued new policies entitled en·ti·tle
tr.v. en·ti·tled, en·ti·tling, en·ti·tles
1. To give a name or title to.
2. To furnish with a right or claim to something: "Verification of Compliance and Setting 3-and 6-Month Remedy Effective Dates." These policies will be used to update Chapter Seven of the State Operations Manual (SOM), and replace the September 22, 2000, memo on this topic. The September policy always required an on-site revisit re·vis·it
tr.v. re·vis·it·ed, re·vis·it·ing, re·vis·its
To visit again.
A second or repeated visit.
re to certify cer·ti·fy
v. cer·ti·fied, cer·ti·fy·ing, cer·ti·fies
a. To confirm formally as true, accurate, or genuine.
b. compliance, but the new policy offers several options for state survey agencies to certify compliance, ranging from accepting a provider's Plan of Correction (PoC) to conducting an on-site revisit.
Let's walk through the detailed provisions of the new policies. First, the new policies take effect with any survey that began a "certification cycle" on or after May 3, 2001 (the date of the memorandum). A certification cycle begins with a recertification recertification Recredentialing Graduate education A process in which a professional is periodically re-evaluated–eg, every 10 yrs by an accrediting body to assure continued provision of safe, high-quality health care (annual) survey or complaint survey and ends when "substantial compliance" is achieved or the facility is terminated from Medicare or Medicaid. In other words Adv. 1. in other words - otherwise stated; "in other words, we are broke"
put differently , if your facility had an annual survey with deficiencies and it ended on April 30, 2001, and you are still awaiting a revisit to verify compliance, this policy does not apply to you.
Second, "Two revisits are permitted, at the State's discretion, for each certification cycle. A third revisit may be conducted, at the discretion of the (HCFA) Regional Office, and only after it is approved by the Regional Office. Regional Offices are limited to approving only this one additional revisit." HCFA makes it clear that revisits are "not assured," and, depending on the circumstances, "termination can occur anytime for any level of facility noncompliance noncompliance
failure of the owner to follow instructions, particularly in administering medication as prescribed; a cause of a less than expected response to treatment.
noncompliance without regard to revisits." This means that you should request revisits from the state survey agency only when you are certain that your facility has achieved correction of cited deficiencies. If you ask for a revisit and thereafter realize that your facility has not yet achieved correction, you should call the state survey agency and ask that the revisit be delayed. Don't use up a revisit until you are ready for a resurvey re·sur·vey
tr.v. re·sur·veyed, re·sur·vey·ing, re·sur·veys
To survey or study anew.
A new survey or study.
Noun 1. !
Third, the methods that state survey agencies use to verify compliance will vary with both the seriousness of your facility's noncompliance and the number of revisits that have already occurred. Let's look at some examples:
* Facility A was surveyed on May 4, 2001, and was found to have three deficiencies. F246 is cited as a "D," F221 is a "B" and F502 is an "E" deficiency. Because none of these deficiencies were cited at an "F" level, constituting Substandard substandard,
adj below an acceptable level of performance. Quality of Care (SQC SQC Statistical Quality Control
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SQC Surface Quality Control ), the state survey agency will require a PoC but view a revisit as "discretionary"; i.e., they might either accept the latest date on the facility's approved PoC or conduct a revisit.
Facility B is surveyed on May 5, 2001, and is found to have two deficiencies. F314 is cited as an "H" and F272 is cited as an "E" deficiency. Because F314 constitutes SQC, the state survey agency will require a PoC and must perform a revisit to verify compliance. Facility C is surveyed on May 6, 2001, and is found to have one deficiency, F324, cited as an "I" deficiency, constituting SQC. The facility submitted a PoC and alleged that the deficiency would be corrected as of June 6,2001. During the first revisit on June 7, the state survey agency found that F324 remained uncorrected at an "F" level, still SQC. The state survey agency will require a new approved PoC for the uncorrected F324 and must impose an enforcement remedy for this continuing noncompliance. If the facility presents "acceptable evidence" of correction earlier than the date of the second visit, the survey agency might consider this as evidence for establishing an earlier compliance date, but must still perform a second revisit.
Fourth, HCFA has established examples of "acceptable evidence," including, but not limited to:
* An invoice or receipt verifying purchases, repairs, etc.;
* Sign-in sheets verifying attendance of staff at inservice training;
Interviews with more than one training participant about the training received; and
* Contact with the resident council, e.g., when dignity issues are involved.
Fifth, HCFA has set forth some "givens," or principles, for these policies. They include the following statements:
* An approved PoC is required whenever there is noncompliance.
* Remedies can be imposed anytime for any level of compliance.
* Revisits can be conducted anytime for any level of noncompliance.
There are a few more "pearls of wisdom" contained in these new policies, i.e.:
* Revisits are always required to verify the removal of Immediate Jeopardy jeopardy, in law, condition of a person charged with a crime and thus in danger of punishment. At common law a defendant could be exposed to jeopardy for the same offense only once; exposing a person twice is known as
double jeopardy. .
* If noncompliance exists at the time of a revisit, regardless of whether it is new noncompliance or "old" noncompliance, "the fact that noncompliance exists at the time of the revisit constitutes continuing noncompliance.
* When enforcement remedies are imposed against noncompliant facilities, "they cannot be lifted until evidence of facility compliance has been verified."
* A first revisit is always required for a deficiency constituting SQC, e.g., deficiencies cited at F, H or higher for tag numbers F221 to 226, F240 to F258, and F309 to F333.
Finally, HCFA clarifies the procedure for setting the mandatory three-month and six-month enforcement remedy time frames by stating that it is their "intention that these dates should be set by simply going to the same numerical date in the third (e.g., August 15) or sixth month (e.g., November 15) following the survey dates (e.g., May 15). The exceptions to this rule involve months in which a numerical date does not exist on the calendar, e.g., for a survey ending March 31, instead of picking June 31, which does not exist, the new date would be selected by moving forward a day or two to the first date of the following month, e.g., July 1."
Beth A. Klitch is president of Survey Solutions, Inc., Columbus, Ohio Columbus is the capital and the largest city of the American state of Ohio. Named for explorer Christopher Columbus, the city was founded in 1812 at the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers, and assumed the functions of state capital in 1816. .