(Recorded Webinar) Long Term Care Facility Infection Control Requirements and the COVID-19 Crisis
In its revision of the long term care (LTC) requirements of participation in 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) strengthened infection control rules for LTC facilities. Effective November 2017, each facility is required to create a system for preventing infections and diseases and to develop written policies and procedures for the program, among other requirements. In response to widespread illness and fatalities from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in LTC facilities, CMS in March 2020 initiated special expedited survey procedures for infection control. State Survey Agencies have already, as of June 2020, cited more than 7,000 nursing homes for infection prevention and control program deficiencies.
On March 23, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) updated its Work Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to include new audits relating to LTC facilities. Infection control is the primary focus of one HHS OIG audit.
This webinar will review the most current LTC facility requirements for infection control, the status of related state surveys, and the outlook for additional audits and government reports.
- LTC facility CEOs and Leadership
- Operations Staff
- Emergency Preparedness and Safety Staff
- Compliance Officers and Risk Managers
- Quality Officers and Managers
After this webinar, you will be able to:
- Identify ways to improve your facility’s infection control policies and procedures
- Prepare for CMS / state surveys relating to infection control
- Understand the roles of various federal agencies involved in monitoring LTC facility infection control compliance
SUSANNAH VANCE GOPALAN
Susannah is a Partner in the firm’s health law practice group where she focuses on health care litigation and regulatory counseling, with a focus on Medicaid and Medicare payment, financing, and compliance issues. Susannah brings regulatory expertise to bear when advising clients and pursuing litigation on their behalf. She has experience negotiating Medicaid waivers and managed care arrangements on behalf of providers, provider associations, and governmental entities. She represented a group of providers in reaching a settlement in major Medicaid litigation. [Full Bio]
As of August 2021, Kristen is no longer with the firm.
Serving as Senior Counsel in the firm’s Federal Grants, Health Law, and Litigation & Government Investigations practice groups, Kristen represents universities, non-profit and for-profit organizations facing legal actions under Federal health care and grant regulations in addition to the False Claims Act and Civil Monetary Penalties Laws. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Schwendinger served for nearly eight years as an attorney and senior counsel in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG).
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