CHA News Article

CMS to Test New Survey Tools

Over the next several months, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will pilot test new survey tools in the clinical areas of infection control, quality assurance and performance improvement, and discharge planning during a limited number of surveys. Hospitals will be selected based on risk-adjusted CMS Medicare data. Two CMS surveyors will test the survey tools during a three-day survey that will focus on one or more of the three clinical areas listed above. Scoring of any deficiencies and corrective action will follow CMS protocol. The pilot survey tools are attached.