CMS Issues Revised Appendix Q, Guidance on Immediate Jeopardy

Published: 08/06/2019

  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Relevant To:
  • Critical Access Hospitals,
  • Hospitals,
  • Long Term Care,
  • Clinical Lab

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently updated their memorandum on Immediate Jeopardy, reinserting language to Appendix Q about referring criminal acts to local law enforcement.

According to the updated guidance, if a survey team verifies noncompliance and determines that the noncompliance was “…caused by, or has led to a criminal act, reporting must be made to local law enforcement.” CMS further outlines that, if the entity refuses to report, or the surveyor cannot

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