Through the Eyes of a Surveyor- Continued Survey Readiness

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Product Format
Prerecorded Event
Sharon Litwin, RN, BSHS, MHA, HCS-D
90 Minutes
Product Description

CMS Guidelines and New Survey Process

Deficiencies, including Condition level, are on the rise.  And now, deficiencies can lead to Sanctions!  Agencies are struggling with the new survey process, which includes full surveys, and more and more agencies are accredited, which then increases the number of standards in which to be compliant. Sharon Litwin, RN, BS, MHA, is a surveyor and consultant and examines agencies’ struggle with survey preparation and compliance. This session will focus on how to maintain continued survey readiness without a lot of busy work.

At the conclusion of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Understand survey process for 2012 - CMS guidelines for survey process
  • Explain differences between standard and condition level
  • Explain full survey and deficiencies for one incident vs. trends
  • Explain sanctions
  • State common deficiencies seen - Go over specific areas in which agencies get deficiencies and  how to avoid them
  • Know how to review clinical records to ensure compliance- Tools for concurrent ongoing chart review process
  • Teach how to review a clinical record
  • Review how to do quarterly mock surveys. How all staff can get involved in the mock survey process

This is an extremely important conference as home health agencies beginning in July can have daily monetary sanctions imposed for condition level and repeat standard level deficiencies.  Many CEOs and administrators are not even aware of this!  Condition level deficiencies have increased tremendously with CMS new survey process.  Sharon will give practical tips to decrease agencies’ vulnerabilities to condition level deficiencies, along with examples of how to perform mock surveys and chart review form for ongoing audits.

Who should attend: Administrators, Director of Clinical Services, Managers, CEO’s and QI staff.

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About Our Speaker

Sharon Litwin

Sharon M. Litwin, RN, BSHS, MHA, HCS-D, Founder and Senior Managing Partner, 5 Star Consultants, LLC (2003 - Present)


Sharon Litwin, founder and senior managing partner of 5 Star Consultants, a national consulting and coding firm specializing in homecare and hospice services since 2003.  Sharon was also an ACHC surveyor until December 2013, and a former CHAP surveyor, performing Medicare deemed surveys for ten years.


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