This blog is taken from a recent HealthStream webinar. The webinar was moderated by HealthStream’s Jaclyn Franklin and featured Kevin Bandur, Solution Executive – abaqis, Tracy Cooley, RN, BSN, Senior Success Manager - abaqis, Nathan Wilson, Solution Executive – abaqis and Jamie Lamphear, Senior Product Manager - abaqis. The panel addressed a variety of questions and issues associated with the Phase 3 regulations and what they mean for facilities.
Phase 3 regulations went into effect on November 28, 2019. Compliance with these and all regulations is now required. Moreover, surveyors will begin using Phase 3 guidance to identify non-compliance on October 24, 2022. While initial guidance was somewhat limited, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has now issued guidance that surveyors will begin using in October.
While compliance with all regulations is required, the panel focused on the newest requirements. Phase 3 regulations cover a variety of issues.
Amongst the Phase 3 regulations is a training requirement. Facilities are required to assess training needs. Based on that assessment, facilities must then develop, implement and maintain a training program for new and existing staff, individuals providing services on a contract basis and volunteers. The training needs to cover:
HealthStream and abaqis can simplify your facilities path to compliance with tools such as a Facility Assessment and QAPI Plan template that can be filled out and updated annually. “Whenever your surveyors walk in, you are able to simply hand over your QAPI plan – a simple, easy-to-follow guide for quality,” said Wilson. In addition, a mock survey is included. The abaqis survey mimics the long-term care survey process that helps identify risk areas.
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