OIG Report: CMS Should Take Further Action to Address States with Poor Performance in Conducting Nursing Home Surveys

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

The Office of Inspector General posted this 42-page report (same title as this blog) on January 14, 2022.

CMS oversees how State survey agencies (States) conduct surveys of nursing homes to assess the homes’ compliance with Federal requirements. Recent work by OIG has found problems with performance by some States, which raise questions about the effectiveness of CMS oversight of State performance in conducting nursing home surveys, and the ability of CMS to hold States accountable when problems arise.

(OIG) analyzed CMS oversight of 52 States (including Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia) during FYs 2015-2018 to identify. (OIG) conducted interviews with CMS staff at the central office and 10 regional offices during February and March 2020, to learn how they work with States to address serious problems with survey performance and any challenges that States may face. (OIG) also collected and analyzed documents from CMS about State performance and CMS imposition of remedies and sanctions on States with poor performance.

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I encourage you to review this, as well as all OIG reports.  Please share with your colleagues as well.