The Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updated the surveyor guidance found in Appendix PP of the State Operations Manual on June 29, 2022. Surveyors will use critical element (CE) pathways to aid in the investigation of many of the federal tags. When will the new guidance begin?


Noncompliance with QAPI, trauma-informed care, and resident safety, including abuse, neglect, and exploitation, will be identified by surveyors using new survey guidance beginning on October 24, 2022. Providers should take the initiative to learn about the resources available to them and use the research methods outlined in the CE pathways to prepare. Check out our on-demand webinars from the Unpacking the RoP Interpretive Guidance webinar series.


Jessica Cairns, RN, RAC-CT, CMAC
Clinical Consultant

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