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To what extent should the community be involved in
preparations to become a CAH?
Involvement of the community in a needs assessment and planning effort is essential if the conversion to a CAH is to be supported by the community and ultimately be successful. Networking with all community service delivery resources is vital to successfully address the health needs of rural citizens and to ensure the survival of the rural healthcare infrastructure. Again, CRHC is prepared to assist rural communities and hospitals in this process.
What assistance is available to my facility
or community in preparing to become a CAH facility?
CRHC is the recipient of a federal grant to provide such assistance. This assistance may involve community or service area surveys, reports regarding facility performance and market share, technical assistance in complying with program requirements, or grants in aid for planning and implementation of activities necessary to becoming a CAH.
How may I obtain information concerning the CAH
Contact Cari Fouts, CAH Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-832-7492.
How long does certification take?
Once a facility is prepared and has requested to be surveyed, the Health Facilities Division will add the facility to the state’s list of pending surveys. This is an unannounced survey and, depending on workload and staffing availability, it may be 3-6 months before the survey is conducted. Processing of CMS's notice of certification, following full compliance with requirements for participation, will take two to four weeks. Once the certification is approved, the fiscal intermediary requires two to four weeks to implement the new Medicare provider number. The entire process may take up to 6 to 9 months.
Do the hospital board and medical staff need
to be involved in the CAH designation process?
Emphatically, yes! While there is no specific regulatory requirement, several dynamics drive the need for involvement of both the board and the medical staff. The board is required to provide oversight for the operation of the operation of the hospital, which makes early involvement an imperative. Medical staff is potentially affected in a material way by the manner in which a CAH is operated. Support form the medical staff is absolutely necessary to the success of the venture. In addition, an annual follow-up evaluation of the way in which a CAH, its network and service affiliates address the needs of the community is required. A committee including a member of the medical staff, a community representative, a network representative and a board representative should conduct the evaluation. CRHC is the recipient of a grant to assist rural communities and hospitals in this process.
How will the hospital's license be affected?
The hospital relinquishes its general acute hospital license and is issued a new license as a CAH by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), Health Facilities Division.
How often are CAH's required
to conduct disaster drills?
There is not a specific requirement for frequency of disaster drills for CAH's. The regulation (Condition of Participation: Physical plan and environment. CFR 485.623) requires that staffs are trained in handling emergencies. Number (4) under this regulation also addresses CAH preparedness consistent with the conditions of the area it is located, i.e. tornado training drills for the eastern plains. The essential concern is that all staff are trained to handle the various types of emergencies and ultimately ensure patient safety. The providers must assess their own needs in terms of staff turnover, potential emergency situations in their area as well as preparedness for national threats such as bioterrorism and plan their training and drills accordingly.
Are there requirements for
personnel taking X-rays in a CAH? Do they have to be AART certified? Is
Limited Scope "certification" adequate?
A new Guidance/Interpretive Policy from the state Laboratory and Radiation Services Division states that hospitals may employ limited scope x-ray technologists. Click HERE to read the policy.
We have met the requirements of our life/safety
plan of correction. Do we need to send a follow-up report to the State?
Are they going to conduct a follow-up survey?
No. You are not required to forward a report to them at this point. They are not going to schedule a specific survey to follow-up on your corrections. However, if they are in the area for another reason (nursing home survey, visiting another facility) they will stop in to re-survey. If you would like to (although it is not required) notify the CDPHE Health Facilities Division that you have implemented corrections, contact Carol Cambria in the Health Facilities Division at 303.692.2830 or email her at email@example.com.
When a patient is transferred from
a metro hospital to a CAH for Swing Bed admission, are there any regulations
regarding the type of transfer required?
The method of transport should be determined according to medical necessity based on the patient's condition. Medicare will not reimburse for ambulance transport unless it is medically necessary. If the physician determines that ambulanced or skilled transport is required, he/she should document this in written transfer orders. If ambulance or skilled transport is not deemed medically necessary by the physician, the patient should be transported via private vehicle.
Can non-Medicare patients be
admitted to Swing Beds?
A CAH can admit patients with Medicaid, any other type of insurance, or any type of payment source. Any patient may be admitted to a Swing Bed if he/she meets the medical qualifications and the attending physician certifies the admission. For non-Medicare patients, the hospital should find out if the patient's insurance company covers patients admitted to Swing Beds. Some State Medicaid programs have long term care plans that cover CAH Swing Bed admissions.
What are the standards for organ procurement?
At a minimum, the CAH is required to have an executed agreement with an OPO. The OPO "determines medical suitability for organ donation." If your hospital does not have the capacity for organ procurement, that would be determined on a case-by-case basis by the OPO. You are not REQUIRED to have the processes and equipment in place to accomplish organ procurement, you are only REQUIRED to have an agreement with an OPO.
Does the facility have to designate
how many beds are to be used as swing beds and is there a limit on how
many can be used as swing?
No, the rule is that CAH in-patient beds can be used for either SNF or acute care, as long as the total number of in-patient beds does not exceed 25. These beds can be used as any combination of acute or swing. All licensed beds could be all swing or all acute as necessary, the CAH just cannot exceed the 25 bed limit.
do CAHs in Colorado conduct background checks on prospective hires?
Most Colorado CAHs utilize an outside contracted service to conduct background checks on employees, after a contingent offer of employment is made. Contact the Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800.851.6782 to obtain a list of background screening services and fees.