On April 6, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) Director of Quality, Safety & Oversight Group (formerly Survey & Certification Group) released a memorandum, “Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID) Survey Protocol – State Operations Manual (SOM) Appendix J Revised.”
CMS has revised the survey protocol in Part 1 of the Appendix J of the SOM, and noted below is the Agency’s summarized version of the memorandum.
- The survey process will refocus the surveyor’s time on increased observation time and more effective use of interviews and client record reviews.
- The fundamental survey is revised to be a focused fundamental survey accomplished through the concept of key standards and corresponding standards within the Conditions of Participation (CoPs).
- The survey procedures for tasks one, two and three are revised.
- The full memorandum with more details can be found here.