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Protecting the Health and Safety of all Americans

Wednesday, March 20, 2019  
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CMS issued new guidance that takes a key step towards making across-the-board improvements in health care safety and quality. This guidance directly addresses violations of health and safety regulations that cause serious harm or death to a patient and require immediate action to prevent further serious harm. These situations are called immediate jeopardy. It’s critical that federal and state inspectors accurately identify, thoroughly investigate, and ensure immediate jeopardy situations are resolved decisively and swiftly.

This new guidance can be found in Appendix Q of the State Operations Manual that federal and state inspectors use. In addition, we developed an administrative tool that helps inspectors make sure they have the evidence needed to meet criteria for immediate jeopardy.

For More Information:

See the full text of this excerpted CMS Blog issued March 5.


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