Enhanced Enforcement Penalties for Infection Control Deficiencies

July 20, 2020

On June 1, 2020, CMS released QSO 20-31-NH memo detailing the enhanced enforcement penalties that facilities now face for deficiency citations related to infection control violations. CMS will impose penalties for any deficiency associated with infection control requirements at a scope and severity level of D or above.

Join Hugh Heaton, Subject Matter Expert, as he discusses the factors that drive the penalty assessment, criteria used, penalties assessed and how the NHSN COVID-19 Weekly Reporting Data is used.

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Presentation and Handouts (PDF)
Infection Control Root Cause Analysis Worksheets (PDF)

Session Objectives

During this session, we will review and discuss:

  • The two factors that drive the penalty assessment;
  • The criteria used and the penalties assessed for scope and severity
    • Levels of D and E;
    • Level F;
    • Levels, G, H, and I; and
    • Levels J, K. and L.
  • How the NHSN COVID-19 Weekly Reporting Data is used by CMS in selecting facilities for the Focused Infection Control Survey.

Hugh Heaton

Hugh Heaton spent 12 years as a nursing home administrator, has more than 40 years in the LTC profession, and is the author and creator of numerous policy manuals and regulatory compliance guides.