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Report to Congress: Validation surveys overhaul will go forward

CMS announced in 2019 that, in an attempt to address complaints that hospital surveys to validate findings by accreditation organizations (AO) were done too long after the fact and that facilities were faced with double survey duty, it would test a program to conduct its work at the same time AOs were on-site.

While some side-by-side reviews of AOs were conducted, validation surveys in general were put on hold in 2020 along with many survey activities as the nation’s hospitals grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic.

But in its latest report to Congress about its oversight of AOs enforcing Conditions of Participation (CoP) and Conditions for Coverage (CfC), CMS indicated that it would adopt the new practice.

Here’s how the CMS state agency (SA) teams from CMS regional offices (RO) will be expected to work alongside AOs:

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