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Post-pandemic: Be prepared to explain how you’re going to catch up

Be prepared to explain to surveyors how you will catch up with any inspection, testing, and maintenance (ITM) of non-critical systems that had been delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Update logs and records for any ITM done on critical systems, and make sure you can show that your Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) was activated before you opted for any allowed waivers on maintenance of non-critical systems.

All accreditation organizations (AO) as well as CMS are working on backlogs of surveys delayed by the public health emergency (PHE) declared in March. Waivers will no longer be allowed once that PHE is lifted.

As many facilities have had their hands full with patient surges from COVID-19, the illness caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus, they’ll have work to do to ensure their environment of care is brought up to speed.

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