Medicare Survey & Certification
Have Nancy Beckley & Associates assist your Rehab Agency or Comprehensive Outpatient Rehab Facility (CORF) prepare for survey and certification. If it has been over a year since you have had a survey for your rehab agency or CORF, the agency responsible for Medicare surveys in your state can be knocking on your door at any time. Don’t wait to be surprised, have your facility and extension sites in a state of readiness.
We can help you get ready for your next survey:
- Conduct onsite or virtual compliance review with respect to the Conditions of Participation
- Review and update existing policies and procedures manual
- Ensure that all required documents, records and minutes are present and in proper form
- Ensure compliance with social work requirements
- Staff training and education
- Ensure complaince with Office of Civil Rights requirements
CMS Sets Stage for Rehab Agency and CORF Survey Delays
Initial certification surveys for rehab agencies and CORFs have been listed as a Tier 4 (lowest) priortiy for all survey work by CMS. The assignment of a lower priority for new rehabilitation agency and CORF certification is necessary since federal funding for Medicare surveys has decreased, according to CMS
States cannot conduct initial surveys of new providers unless they can ensure they will be completing all statutorily required surveys or surveys assessed a higher priority by CMS. CMS requires that all states complete their higher priority work before using any federal funds for initial surveys.
In the absence of state surveys, providers may choose an accreditation option from a company that has been granted “deeming status” by CMS. Currently there are no accrediation options for CORFs. However the American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulary Surgery Facilities (AAAASF), know as “Quad A”, has been granted deeming status and currently conducts accreditation surveys, which when successful, lead to a Medicare certification status in the absence of normal survey and certification activities by the state agency.