To: Mass Senior Care Members
From: Tara M. Gregorio, President
Re: COVID-19 Updates: Update Surveillance Testing “Pending” Results by Friday; CMS to Return to Normal Survey Process; DPH Weekly Call Reminder
Date: August 18, 2020
Update Surveillance Testing “Pending” Results by Friday - Required for EOHHS Payments
The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) is moving quickly to make supplemental payments for the Baseline and Surveillance testing program that commenced on July 1st. In order to receive payment, facilities need to ensure that they have successfully timely filed with CHIA their testing results for both the baseline and the surveillance period. To receive payments, facilities must update any ‘pending’ results. The deadline for updating the ‘pending’ results for the baseline testing is this Friday, August 21st.
CMS to Return to Normal Survey Process
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Quality, Safety & Oversight (QSO) memo to state survey agencies (SSA) today instructing them to return to normal survey process as soon as resources in the state allow and in accordance with states' reopening plans. It also provides guidance on how to resolve pending enforcement actions suspended as a result of prior QSO memos on March 23, 2020 and June 1, 2020 that suspended some survey enforcement actions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On March 23, 2020, CMS issued the QSO 20-20-All memorandum, which limited survey activity to focused infection control surveys. On June 1, 2020, CMS issued the QSO 20-31-All memorandum that provided survey re-prioritization guidance to transition to more routine oversight and survey activities. This latest memo instructs states to restart all normal surveys as possible.
CMS intends to resolve suspended enforcement cases and provide guidance for closing them out going forward starting today. This process involves four components that are described in the QSO memo:
- Expanding the Desk Review policy for Plans of Corrections (POCs);
- Processing enforcement cases that were started BEFORE March 23, 2020;
- Processing enforcement cases that were started ON March 23, 2020, THROUGH May 31, 2020; and
- Processing enforcement cases that were started ON OR AFTER June 1, 2020.
Per CMS, questions about a specific enforcement cycle may be addressed with the CMS regional office. Long-Term Care questions should be addressed to: DNH_Enforcement@cms.hhs.gov.
DPH Weekly Call Reminder
The next weekly call with providers is scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. These calls will include members of DPH’s Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality, Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences, and Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management.
This call is intended for long-term care facilities caring for residents with COVID-19. DPH requests that this email not be forwarded.
Phone Number: 888-390-5007
Participant Code: 6826729