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 CMS Issuing F884 Citation, CMPs for Failure to Report COVID-19 Data

The latest COVID-19 update from the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) said that this week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began issuing 2567s with F level citations for F884 with a $1,000 per instance civil monetary penalty (CMP).

CMS’ 2567 is the form number for the CMS Statement of Deficiencies and Plan of Correction for providers.

These forms are being issued to all skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) identified by CMS from data transmitted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as not having submitted data or submitting incomplete or otherwise erroneous data for the week of June 1 to June 7, AHCA/NCAL said.

The notifications of deficiency and CMP are being sent via the CASPER/QIES system (not the traditional method for notifying a facility with a deficiency). Thus, facilities must log in to CASPER to see if they have a citation or not, the association said. Read more.

 In other COVID-19 news, AHCA/NCAL said on June 10, CMS released new FAQs (pages 13-15) for intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities related to COVID-19. Read More

Also, on June 10, AHCA/NCAL and 13 other therapy advocacy organizations submitted a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, CMS Administrator Seema Verma, and other key CMS officials requesting extension of COVID-19 therapy telehealth waivers as well as efforts to make these policies permanent in law. Read More

Lastly, the CDC Clinical Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) on June 16 will host a webinar on applying COVID-19 infection prevention and control strategies in nursing facilities. Read More.

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