CMS rewrites surveyor guidance for determining immediate jeopardy

Source: Excerpt from Home Health Line

In an effort to streamline its process and increase communication with providers, CMS has rewritten its guidance for surveyors on when and how to determine if an immediate jeopardy (IJ) to patients exists.

There are now three key components that must be met for immediate jeopardy to be called. Surveyors must identify noncompliance with a single federal safety standard; find evidence of harm or likelihood of harm; and determine there is the immediate need for action to prevent harm or more harm.

In addition, surveyors must present the provider with a form that outlines the evidence for each component before they leave the premises. The revisions apply to all provider types. A finding of immediate jeopardy that is unresolved can threaten a provider’s ability to bill Medicare.

 

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