CMS Increase in Mandated Nursing Facility CMPs

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published a letter to State Survey Agency Directors describing revisions to Chapter 7 of the State Operations Manual (SOM) to reflect mandatory disciplinary requirements for skilled nursing facilities, nursing facilities and dually participating facilities.

Effective September 1, 2016, CMS regional offices (ROs) are required to impose civil monetary penalties (CMPs) in the following circumstances:

  • A finding of immediate jeopardy (J, K or L level deficiencies)
  • A finding of deficiencies of substandard quality of care that are not immediate jeopardy
  • A finding of a G level deficiency in Resident Behavior and Facility Practices, Quality of Life, or Quality of Care
  • A finding of actual harm or above (G level deficiencies and above) on the current survey in addition to having findings of actual harm on the immediately preceding survey
  • A finding of an F level deficiency or higher at a facility classified as a Special Focus Facility

In these instances, facilities will not be provided with an opportunity to correct the deficiencies before they are assessed. Survey agencies must enter the surveys into an automated system within five days of the original notice to the facility and transfer the case to the respective RO to impose the mandatory remedies, regardless of the state recommendation and to consider if additional penalties may apply.

CMS also revised the potential remedies for less severe deficiencies, including no assessed remedies for level A, B and C citations, and the addition of “Termination” and “Temporary Management” as possible remedies under Category 2 remedies.

The revisions are the first time since the federal enforcement regulations were published that there has been an increase in situations that require mandated CMPs. These changes show a concerted effort by CMS to ensure nursing facility compliance with CMS requirements.

 

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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