CMS Revises ASC Infection Control Surveyor Worksheet: Special Report From ICCS

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released an update to the Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Infection Control Surveyor Worksheet (ICSW).

ICSW is used by surveyors to determine infection control Conditions for Coverage compliance.

Phenelle Segal, ASC infection control consultant and president of Infection Control Consulting Services (ICCS), has written a special report that examines these updates, identifying critical changes for ASCs to know about.

Changes highlighted in the report includes the following:
  • Addition of instruction for increased document and policy/procedure review
  • Revisions to hand hygiene guidance
  • Updates to injection practices, including those associated with multi-dose vials, IV solutions and pre-drawn medications
  • Addition of subsection on immediate-use steam sterilization (IUSS).
  • Addition of information on sterilizer monitoring with chemical and biological indicators

To view the report, click here.

If you have questions about the revised ICSW and how it may affect your ASC, contact Phenelle by filling out the form here, emailing info@iccs-home.com or calling (215) 692-3485.

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC, is the founder and president of Infection Control Consulting Services LLC (ICCS). Phenelle has more than 30 years' experience providing customized comprehensive infection control and prevention services to healthcare facilities nationwide. Her services focus on assisting hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental office and oral surgery practices, doctor's offices, nursing homes and other organizations with implementing and maintaining an infection control program that: complies with The Joint Commission, AAAHC, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and other regulatory agencies; respond to situations of noncompliance; and improve the processes for reducing risk.