CMS Releases Final Revised Policies for the Immediate Imposition of Federal Remedies
July 13, 2018 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its final revised guidance regarding immediate imposition of federal remedies on skilled nursing facilities that are found to be substantially out of compliance in certain situations. The release comes after CMS reviewed comments submitted to the October 2017 draft directive requiring remedy imposition on skilled nursing facilities in situations that may result in a danger to the health and safety of its residents. The final rule revisions say CMS regional offices may determine the most appropriate remedy when the current survey identifies Immediate Jeopardy that does not result in serious injury, harm, impairment, or death, but it must be imposed immediately. Some of the possible remedies are a denial of Medicare and Medicaid payments, civil money penalties (CMPs), a directed plan of correction, and others.