CMS QSO Memo Sets Up Pending Emergency Preparedness Changes (12/19)

By CMS - December 21, 2019

The vast majority of this doesn’t apply directly to long-term care. Emergency preparedness is included, and obviously it does apply. However, most of the guidance for the LTC-specific emergency preparedness changes is still to come.

Center for Clinical Standards and Quality/Quality, Safety & Oversight Group Ref: QSO-20-07-ALL

DATE: December 20, 2019

TO: State Survey Agency Directors FROM: Director Quality, Safety & Oversight Group

SUBJECT: Burden Reduction and Discharge Planning Final Rules Guidance and Process

Memorandum Summary

• On September 30, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Regulatory Provisions to Promote Program Efficiency, Transparency, and Burden Reduction Final Rule, as well as the Revisions to Requirements for Discharge Planning for Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, and Home Health Agencies Final Rule.

• This policy memorandum provides guidance to the CMS Regional Offices (ROs), the State Survey Agencies (SAs) and the Accrediting Organizations (AOs) regarding the changes to the regulations and our approach for updating the State Operations Manual (SOM) and applicable surveyor systems.