Get Ready: FoQIS QAPI Management System (QMS) Helps Nursing Facilities Navigate New QAPI Compliance Requirements
FORT WORTH, Texas, Nov. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Effective today, regulation reforms from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) mandate a new process for surveying the policies and procedures of nursing facilities across the U.S. Understandably, many facility operators are nervous about this significant new challenge, as compliance failures can result in a range of penalties from daily fines to outright suspension of Medicare/Medicaid compensation. Newly launched software from Fort Worth, TX-based FoQIS QAPI Management System (QMS) now updated to cover all of the new Long-Term Care (LTC) survey procedures and methods, gives nursing facility operators an easy, exceptionally cost-efficient tool for avoiding penalties, assuring compliance, and establishing a documented remediation trail for audits.
"I've seen the benefits from using survey preparation software such as FoQIS range from $1,500 to literally $1 million," says Jay Hamilton, founder and CEO of FoQIS, LLC. "A care facility can easily realize a $100,000 benefit from our software even within one year."
Facilities that use FoQIS have achieved an 80% improvement in survey outcomes.
According to FoQIS data, facilities that switched from manual to electronic surveys, and then used software to prepare for those electronic surveys, realized 80% improvement with survey outcomes.
FoQIS mimics CMS's new online survey process allowing accurate prediction of state-selected survey respondents and full reporting of any deficiencies at the "mock survey's" conclusion. Moreover, even beyond surveys, FoQIS can greatly assist facilities in meeting their mandated QAPI (Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement) goals.
"Everyone knows you study up for final exams, and in our business finals come annually, along with random pop quizzes," says Sharon Shelley, Regional Director Health Services for a TX-based nursing home operator. "FoQIS is like getting the test questions in advance. It takes the guesswork out of our compliance, protects our bottom line, and helps us stay ready for the state year-round, and ready for complaint surveys while improving resident outcomes."
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FoQIS is not the only LTC survey preparation solution, but it is an option not inherently tied to a major medical supplier. With FoQIS, nursing facilities are happier and more empowered places. Resident care improves and family satisfaction climbs. Similarly, superior survey results in improved CMS 5-star ratings.
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