QSOG Mission and Priority Information

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare®

QSOG is a new acronym for me and possibly for our readers as well. In short, it references the program we’ve known for a long time as Survey & Certification.

The mission of the Quality, Safety & Oversight Group, formerly known as the Survey & Certification (S&C) program is to assure basic levels of quality and safety for all patients, residents and clients receiving care from Medicare and Medicaid certified institutional providers.

Survey and certification is the system that provides onsite, objective and outcome-based verification by knowledgeable and trained individuals to assure that basic standards of quality are being met by healthcare providers across the nation or, if not met, that appropriate remedies are promptly applied and implemented effectively. More than 200,000 providers, suppliers and laboratories are subject to survey & certification. Approximately 85,000 onsite, unannounced recertification surveys are conducted each year, and more than 85,000 onsite complaint investigations. The system covers the following:

  • Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs)
  • Clinical Laboratories
  • Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation
  • Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs)
  • Dialysis (ESRD) Facilities
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
  • Home Health Agencies Hospitals- Acute, Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), Rehabilitation, Long-term Care, Psychiatric and Organ Transplant Programs
  • Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID)
  • Portable X-Ray Suppliers
  • Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities
  • Rural Health Clinics (RHCs)
  • Nursing Homes/ Long Term Care (LTC)
  • Organ Procurement Organizations
  • Outpatient PT and SLP (Rehab Agency)

There is a dedicated website that provides information regarding the S&C mission and priority of the program as well as downloadable documents relevant to the specific programs. You’ll find a wealth of provider-specific information beneath the Downloads section of this page including the FY2019 Mission & Priority Document (MPD) which provides an overview of current activities and priorities. Also included as individual links is information on training, budget formulation, emergency functions/preparedness and facility growth for the past 10 year period.

Pages 10 through 19 (Appendix 1) provide a tier chart or Table of Survey Frequencies & Priorities while the remainder of the MPD (total of 25 pages) provides FY2019 Projected State Allocations (Appendix 2).

You’ll also find the FY2018 Mission & Priority Document (MPD) on this website if you want to check out where we were headed this past fiscal year.