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CMS Begins Infection Control Surveys in Hospitals, Nursing Homes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has started a pilot project to assess infection control and prevention efforts in hospitals and nursing homes, as well as during care transitions.

With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CMS will conduct educational surveys in nursing homes beginning in fiscal year (FY) 2016 and in hospitals in FY 2017. These surveys will determine the best ways to assess new infection control regulations. Additionally, infection control professionals can use survey findings to develop an action plan for improvement in and between care settings.

Hospitals and nursing homes will not be cited based on survey results. However, immediate jeopardy deficiencies will be referred to CMS regional offices.

Contact Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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Matt Buechner is the policy and advocacy associate for America's Essential Hospitals.

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