Earlier this month, Seema Verma, Administrator for CMS posted a blog entitled “Protecting the Health and Safety of All Americans”. In this blog, Seema states guidance is needed to address violations of health and safety regulations that cause serious harm or death to a patient and require immediate action to prevent further serious harm (immediate jeopardy).
In turn, CMS has issued guidance which clarifies what information is needed to identify immediate jeopardy cases across all healthcare provider types, which they believe will result in quickly identifying and ultimately preventing these situations. This new guidance can be found in Appendix Q of the State Operations Manual that federal and state inspectors use.
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