CMS Clarifies Accrediting Organization's (AO's) Role when a Provider or Supplier's Deemed Status has been Temporarily Removed
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a memorandum clarifying the role of Accrediting Organizations (AO’s) when a provider or supplier’s deemed status has been temporarily removed. Highlights from the memorandum include:
- Temporary Removal of Deemed Status: It is imperative that CMS notify the appropriate AO when deemed status is removed and a provider or supplier is placed under State Survey Agency (SA) jurisdiction.
- Impact on AOs: CMS will not accept any accreditation decisions or recommendations made by an AO based on a Medicare accreditation survey conducted while the provider or supplier is under SA jurisdiction.
- Delay of Triennial Survey: Temporary removal of deemed status is an acceptable reason for the delayed conduct of a triennial survey. Once deemed status is restored, the AO is expected to delay the triennial survey for a reasonable period of time to ensure the integrity of an unannounced survey.
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