F838 Citations Trend More Severe: Is Your Facility Assessment Ready?

By Caralyn Davis, Staff Writer - August 21, 2018

So far, F838 (Facility Assessment) isn’t a routine citation in the new Long-term Care Survey Process (LTCSP). F838 doesn’t make the national list of the Top 20 most-cited new F-tags during fiscal year (FY) 2018 standard and complaint surveys as of July 2, 2018, according to QCOR, the Quality, Certification, and Oversight Reports site of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). In addition, many providers haven’t worried that much about F838 because it is included in the 18-month moratorium on civil money penalties (CMPs), discretionary denials of payment for new admissions (DPNAs), and discretionary termination where the remedy is based on a deficiency finding of a specified Phase 2 F-tag (as outlined in CMS S&C memo SC 18-04-NH).