- CMS has rescinded memorandum QSO-20-31-ALL, the Enhanced Enforcement for Infection Control Deficiencies, and replaced it with memorandum QSO-23-10-NH, revised guidance for Strengthened Enhanced Enforcement for Infection Control Deficiencies. This revised guidance strengthens enforcement efforts for noncompliance with infection control deficiencies. The enhanced enforcement actions are more stringent for infection control deficiencies that result in actual harm or immediate jeopardy to residents. In addition, the criteria for enhanced enforcement on infection control deficiencies that result in no resident harm has been expanded to include enforcement on noncompliance with Infection Prevention and Control (F880) combined with COVID-19 Vaccine Immunization Requirements for Residents and Staff (F887).
- CMS is providing guidance to the State Survey Agencies and CMS locations on handling enforcement cases before and after the revisions of Enhanced Enforcement for Infection Control Deficiencies.
- Quality Improvement Organizations have been strategically refocused to assist nursing homes in combating COVID-19 through such efforts as education and training, creating action plans based on infection control problem areas, and recommending steps to establish a strong infection control and surveillance program.
Please see the full memo for complete details at https://www.cms.gov/medicare/provider-enrollment-and-certification/surveycertificationgeninfo/policy-and-memos-states/strengthened-enhanced-enforcement-infection-control-deficiencies-and-quality-improvement-activities.