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How to get your SNF survey-ready

In addition to enhanced oversight around infection control at skilled nursing facilities, CMS has authorized states to step up routine surveys. How prepared is your facility for a routine inspection or a special focused survey?

Key regulations to understand

Survey readiness begins with understanding clinical quality programs and reporting requirements that directly impact survey results, such as:

  • Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) program
  • The Special Focus Facility (SFF) program
  • SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP)
  • Federal tags and how they’re calculated

Survey results directly impact your business

SNFs should take steps to adequately prepare for surveys. A low survey score can result in:

  • Lower Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements
  • Financial penalties
  • Decreased star ratings
  • Fewer referrals
  • Reduced revenue

Data is critical to survey success

Without a doubt, survey preparedness and accurate quality data are paramount to SNF survival in today’s healthcare environment. The processes you develop, and your documentation are essential to shining on a survey.

Without a data-driven approach, survey success is an uphill battle. Fortunately, ABILITY CAREWATCH enables you to use your facility’s quality data to help surveys go smoothly.

Take the guesswork out of surveys with Inovalon’s easy-to-use MDS assessment software. Discover how in our on-demand webinar.

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About the author

Michelle Karl, Solution Architect