ASCA Report: Infection Control Issues Top CMS 'Most Cited' List

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Infection control issues are the most cited during surveys by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), according to a report in ASC Focus, the official magazine of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA).

To access the report, click here (ASCA membership may be required for access).

As the report notes, ASCA requested CMS run a fiscal year 2015 frequency report for both health and Life Safety Code surveys. From a total of more than 1,250 health surveys, infection control was a top area in which ASCs were cited — Q0241 (Sanitary Environment) and Q0242 (Infection Control Program) were the #1 and #3 areas most cited, respectively.

Concerning infection control, Kara Newbury, ASCA's regulatory counsel, writes, "We expect this to continue to be a hot survey topic, since CMS updated the Infection Control Surveyor Worksheet last summer." Note: Learn about the critical changes made to the worksheet in this special report from Infection Control Consulting Services (ICCS).

The ASC Focus report echoes the observation of ICCS consultants, who have seen an increase in the number of infection prevention- and control-related CMS survey citations. Read about five of the top citations in this ICCS special report.


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.