Long-Term Care

CMS planning national QIS implementation

Contemporary Long-Term Care Weekly, August 13, 2009

Eleven states are currently at various points in the Quality Indicator Survey (QIS) implementation process, and CMS has announced that the rollout will continue with each remaining state (and the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico) required to initiate training and eventually employ the QIS in full. CMS plans to rollout the QIS implementation process in bands, and Delaware, Maine, Vermont, Georgia, and Arizona, which make up band one, are scheduled to begin training this year. Remaining states are grouped into five other bands and will be phased into the QIS process over time as resources allow, according to the Survey and Certification Letter CMS released August 7.

State survey agencies are encouraged to prepare for QIS implementation by gathering background information that may be useful in educating staff, developing a training schedule, and reviewing QIS training protocol. The training process lasts four weeks for each group of surveyors and consists of classroom and fieldwork segments. Once training begins, a state is expected to fully implement the QIS within three years.        

To view CMS’ Survey and Certification Letter regarding the QIS rollout, visit the Resources page on MDSCentral.

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