A.J. Plunkett is editor of Inside Accreditation & Quality, a Simplify Compliance publication.
Similarly, CMS on April 8 told its state survey agencies that it was ending some blanket waivers for long-term care facilities regarding notification of room changes and discharges.
The statement apparently was in answer to a query from The Joint Commission (TJC), which was acting on the behalf of someone else, according to the Health Facilities Management Insider.
The newest memo on surveys — QSO-21-16-Hospitals, "Resuming Hospital Survey Activities Following 30-day Restrictions"— was posted online March 26 but carried an effective date of March 23.
The commission has been pushing hospitals to focus on maternal health and infant safety for years, and most recently implemented new maternal health standards.
TJC says it is also working with CMS to prioritize hospitals and other healthcare organizations that have accreditation dates past due.
Many of the updates, such as the elimination of the Environment of Care session, are not unexpected, while other items did not change.
The alerts from the CDC comes as reports increase about the ongoing Ebola Virus Disease outbreaks in DRC and Guinea.
However, in many cases hospitals still may be subject to their regular onsite, triennial reaccreditation survey. And they will be unannounced, as usual.
CMS told its own state survey agencies in January it was putting a general hold on hospital surveys, except for those dealing with immediate jeopardy situations, for at least 30 days, in recognition of growing COVID-19 patient surges in many areas.
That means providers will have at least 60 days’ notice before the blanket waivers of certain Medicare Conditions of Participation and Conditions of Coverage will no longer be in effect.