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Prepare for a CMS survey

Hospital Safety Insider, August 5, 2010

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Your hospital just completed its Joint Commission survey and now you have another team of surveyors knocking on your door.

It’s a team from your state health department conducting a follow-up or validation survey on behalf of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to ensure your hospital’s compliance with the Conditions of Participation (CoP).

Part of that survey will be a review of your Life Safety Code® (LSC) compliance. So what can you expect? As the supervisor of the Design Standards Unit in the Division of Health Care Regulation at the Illinois Department of Public Health, Henry Kowalenko knows firsthand what to expect. He's he’s been conducting and overseeing LSC surveys for the past 17 years.

Click here to read Kowalenko's tips in the featured article in the September issue of Briefings on Hospital Safety.



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