Starting in FY 2021, CMS requires State survey agencies to perform annual Focused Infection Control (FIC) surveys of twenty percent (20%) of Vermont nursing homes based on State discretion or additional data that identifies facility and community risks. To count toward the required 20%, these FIC surveys must be stand-alone surveys not associated with a recertification survey.
Vermont nursing homes, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Prioritizing on-site Focused Infection Control (FIC) surveys where three (3) or more new COVID-19 confirmed cases have occurred since the previous National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) COVID-19 report, or 1 confirmed resident case has occurred in a facility that was previously COVID-free. Additional FIC surveys will be conducted to maintain a minimum baseline of twenty percent annual FIC surveys of all Vermont nursing homes.
DAIL Division of Licensing and Proteciton will conduct additional FIC surveys to ensure a minimum annual baseline in 20 percent of Vermont nursing homes.