On October 2, GNYHA will host a meeting at which the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will review revised guidance in CMS’s State Operations Manual Appendix Q about what constitutes an immediate jeopardy (IJ) situation in a health care organization.

This meeting was originally scheduled for October 9.

Under the new CMS guidance, IJ is defined as a situation in which a recipient of care has suffered or is likely to suffer serious injury, harm, impairment, or death as a result of noncompliance, and represents the most severe and egregious threat to the health and safety of patients. It also carries the most serious sanctions for providers, suppliers, and/or laboratories. The revised Appendix Q-Core Guidelines will be used by state surveyors of all provider types, supplier types, and laboratories during health, emergency preparedness, and life safety code surveys.

Click here for more information on the revised guidance.