Thursday, June 11, 2020

CMS Releases New ICFs/IID FAQs

On June 10, CMS released new FAQs for intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities (ICFs/IID) related to COVID-19. 

Questions and answers covered include: 

  • How should an ICF handle the discharge summary when a client is admitted on a temporary emergency basis from the community or another ICF? 
  • How should an ICF handle the development of a Comprehensive Functional Assessment and an Individual Program Plan when a client is admitted on a temporary emergency basis from the community or another ICF? 
  • During the public health emergency are ICFs still required to have and use a specially constituted committee or committees? 
  • When a client has tested positive for COVID-19 and the ICF/IID implements quarantine procedures, client rights are immediately abridged and severe behaviors are likely to occur. What is the guidance from CMS on balancing the CDC expectations with the rights of the individual? 
  • Are ICFs required to participate in the COVID-19 CDC National Healthcare Safety Network reporting requirements? 

The ICFs/IID FAQs are listed on pages 13-15 here.

Please email COVID19@ahca.org for additional questions, or visit ahcancal.org/coronavirus for more information.

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