KDADS Completes Statewide Nursing Facility Surveys Ahead of Federal Deadline;
Positioned for additional federal CARES Act funding*
TOPEKA – Secretary Laura Howard announced today the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) has completed focused infection control surveys (FICS) in all federally certified nursing facilities in the state as required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) more than two weeks ahead of the deadline set by the federal agency.
On March 4, 2020, CMS suspended non-emergency surveys of nursing facilities and redirected states to conduct FICS, immediate jeopardy complaints and allegations of abuse and neglect. That directive was followed June 1, 2020 by the release of CMS document QSO-20-31-All that requires states to complete 100% of FICS by July 31, 2020 to maintain full FY 2021 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocations. KDADS reached the July 31 mandate more than 2 weeks ahead of the deadline, ensuring the state will continue to receive its complete share of CARES funds to protect these vulnerable populations.
Since the March 4 directive was received from CMS, 57 full-time KDADS surveyors with support from contractor Healthcare Management Solutions, have completed surveys in all of the state’s 326 certified, licensed facilities. QSO-20-29-NH All outlines specific enforcement actions for infection control citations facilities are subject to based on inspection results. To date, surveyors have:
- Completed 326 FICS
- Completed 90 Immediate Jeopardy (IJ) complaint investigations
- Written 26 IJ citations
- Written 39 infection control citations at D, E and F Level (citations at these levels could lead to financial penalty or require follow-up action(s) from the nursing facility; Health Inspection Score: Weights for Different Types of Deficiencies)
- Written 16 IJ level infection control citations (citations at these levels could lead to financial penalty or require follow-up action(s) from the nursing facility; Health Inspection Score: Weights for Different Types of Deficiencies)
- Zero facilities not in compliance with QSO-20-31-ALL
“Since the pandemic started, KDADS surveyors have been on the frontlines conducting in-person inspections and investigations and have been essential to our successful compliance with federal directives that address the safety of Kansans in nursing facilities and the staff who care for them,” Secretary Howard said. “Reaching the 100% requirement early is a reflection of the hard work of our dedicated team of surveyors.”
To help track COVID-19 and its impact on nursing facilities across the state and to inform the public, KDADS has developed an online resource page that contains detailed information including FICS completed and infection control citations issued, reopening guidance, facilities reporting COVID-19 cases by county, and Kansas-facility specific data from CMS. Visit https://kdads.ks.gov/covid-19/adult-care-home-covid-19-data.
*States that have not completed 100% of their FICS by July 31, 2020 will be required to submit a corrective action plan to CMS outlining a strategy for completion within 30 days. If, after the 30-day period, states have not achieved 100% compliance, CARES Act FY2021 allocation may be reduced up to10%. Subsequent 30-day extensions could result in additional reductions to 5%. These funds will be redistributed to states that completed 100% of their FICS by July 31.
For more information on COVID-19, please visit the KDHE website at www.kdhe.ks.gov/coronavirus.