Wednesday, September 27, 2017

New OIG Review Planned of Medicaid Nursing Home Life Safety

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) has updated its 2017 work plan, which it has begun updating monthly. 

OIG has added plans to review implementation of a new rule for health facilities’ life safety and emergency requirements, which affect nursing centers and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID). 

The rule requires specific types of providers to install expanded sprinkler and smoke detector systems to protect residents from the hazards of fire, and to develop an emergency preparedness plan that facilities must review, test, update, and train residents on annually. 

The plan must include provisions for sheltering in place and evacuation. OIG is reviewing this area because these residents are particularly vulnerable to the risk of fires, since many of these residents have limited or no mobility.

OIG intends to determine if these providers that received Medicare or Medicaid funds complied with new federal requirements for life safety and emergency preparedness for the period May 4, 2016, through November 15, 2017. 

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