The Secretary of Health and Human Services has again extended the current Public Health Emergency (PHE) related to the COVID-19 virus. In response to this extension, AAAASF will be requiring surveyors to move to a community-based transmission rate assessment focused on local COVID-19 transmission rates at the time of the survey rather than a blanket approach. Facilities should have in place policies and procedures to respond to transmission rate changes.
Beginning August 1, 2022, we will utilize an updated COVID-19 Surveyor Supplemental Worksheet. The instructions are combined with the worksheet, and the changes are noted in red. The COVID-19 worksheet must be completed by the surveyor and returned along with the additional survey materials. The worksheet identifies the latest CDC guidelines with specific references to applicable AAAASF standards. AAAASF surveyors should use this worksheet to determine COVID-19-related deficiencies in addition to ordinary survey methods.
The worksheets are available at aaaasf.org under the Documents section for each program. We encourage facilities to utilize this supplemental surveyor worksheet to conduct an independent self-assessment to ensure all necessary measures have been implemented based on community transmission rates. Each COVID-19 worksheet contains a CDC link to the community transmission rates by county at the top of the first page that surveyors and facilities should use to verify local circumstances.
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