Inspectors from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin unannounced surveys of hospital infection control departments nationwide in the spring of 2013. And for those hospitals using the CMS pilot survey, it has already begun. Will you be ready when CMS inspectors come knocking at your door?
The writing is on the wall … and you can’t afford to be unprepared. These inspections point to a new era of CMS regulatory oversight of hospital infection prevention and employee health. Many see it as a game-changer, predicting the CMS will link the survey results directly to hospital reimbursements as a pay-for-performance incentive in the near future.
Here is what one industry leader had to say about the inspections:
“It brings the force — the ‘seriousness’ — of CMS behind it. I think it will garner a lot of attention.”
— Ruth Carrico, PhD, RN, CIC, associate professor at the School of Public Health
and Information Sciences at the University of Louisville, KY
This new resource will help you get ready, providing the questions in advance along with tips and strategies to comply from both CMS sources and leaders in infection prevention.
A Skeleton Key to CMS Success unlocks the CMS regulations and breaks through the jargon, giving you straightforward common sense tips and strategies on how to use the survey in your hospital risk assessment. Compiled by the seasoned editors and writers from our leading newsletters — including Hospital Infection Control & Prevention (HIC) and Hospital Employee Health (HEH) — this compliance manual and preparation guide includes the 42-page CMS pilot survey along with articles on the most critical aspects of the inspection process and profiles of best practices in the CMS target areas.
A Skeleton Key to CMS Success includes the following chapters:
The book also includes a thought provoking introduction by Patti Grant, RN, BSN, MS, CIC, a highly respected infection preventionist who is both a leader in the profession and a frontline clinician in the field.
Get key updates with your purchase! Just provide your email upon ordering and we’ll send you updates on any CMS developments and revisions of the survey until it is finalized in 2013. These will be provided via email alerts and updates to the electronic version of the book.
Created in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CMS survey will get the attention of senior hospital administrators and potentially empower infection control and employee health programs.
Order your copy of A Skeleton Key to CMS Success today to prep for CMS inspectors and make the necessary enhancements to your programs. This resource is in eBook download so that you can access it from your mobile devices.