Long-Term Care

PPS Q&A

PPS Alert for Long-Term Care, March 1, 2010

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A. Traditionally, the enforcement cycle begins the day the survey team leaves the facility. Nursing facilities, especially those receiving Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, face mandatory annual surveys. These surveys are conducted without notification, which makes it that much more important that facility staff members be survey-ready every day. Usually, an annual survey needs to be completed approximately nine to 15 months after the preceding annual survey. Frequently, individuals will speak about reducing or shrinking the survey window. This means that if the facility received a number of complaints during the year or if it traditionally has a poor history of compliance, the survey window is shorter than it is for facilities that are regularly compliant (i.e., it’s closer to nine months). 

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