Long-Term Care

Bill introduced to improve LTC survey system

Contemporary Long-Term Care Weekly, August 5, 2010

On August 2, Representative Bart Stupak (D-MI) introduced the Enhancing Quality through Survey System Improvements Act of 2010. The legislation aims to modernize the current survey system, which has been in place for decades, used to evaluate long-term and post-acute care facilities nationwide. The American Health Care Association is commending the bill.

In modernizing the system, the hope is that the survey process will become more streamlined, allowing surveyors to spend less time in facilities that do not warrant the need, and more time in those that demand greater attention. Because all Medicare and Medicaid-certified facilities must be surveyed at least once per year as required by federal regulations, the bill enables CMS to make greater use of its resources.

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