CMS Unveils Facility Assessment Resource; Assessments Must be Conducted by Nov. 28

Skilled nursing facilities will be required to have conducted a facility assessment by November 28, 2017.  CMS held a Medicare Learning Network presentation regarding a Facility Assessment Tool on September 7, 2017.  The tool reflects requirements described in the regulation and is optional and modifiable for facility use.  It was clearly stated that use of this tool is not mandated by CMS, nor does its completion ensure regulatory compliance.

The Facility Assessment Tool should be conducted at the facility level and its purpose is to determine what resources are necessary to care for residents competently during day to day operations and emergencies.  The facility assessment is comprised of 3 main parts.

  • Part 1 Resident Profile.  This includes census, identifying disease processes, acuity and culture of the population the facility serves.
  • Part 2 Services and Care.  Based on residents needs assessed in the resident profile this section is intended to identify and reflect on resources needed to provide these types of care.
  • Part 3 Facility Resources Needed to Provide Competent Care. Allows facility to identify staff type, staffing plan, staff training and competencies and policies and procedures for provision of care.

WHCA is hosting Survey Workshops on September 27 in Eau Claire, September 28 in Appleton and September 29 in Brookfield.  The facility assessment tool and the process for conducting the assessment will be presented. Find out more about the survey sessions HERE.