On June 2, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a mandate requiring all certified Medicare and Medicaid facilities to have potable water testing and water management plans that meet ASHRAE industry standards to reduce the risk of Legionella. CMS expects applicable facilities to comply or risk citation for non-compliance with CMS Conditions of Participation.
LiquiTech offers CMS-compliant testing and validation, water management plans, maintenance protocol and a clinically proven multi-barrier approach. LiquiTech solutions include:
- Legionella testing
- A compliant water management plan
- Turnkey service and support programs
- Remediation services
- Access to our team of water safety experts that have specialized in Legionella prevention for 20+ years
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- Medicare and Medicaid participating institutions to implement water testing and water management plans
- Minimize the risk and spread of Legionella and other waterborne pathogens (e.g. Pseudomonas, Acinetobacter, Burkholderia, Stenotrophomonas, nontuberculous mycobacteria, and fungi) in water
- Accreditation surveyors will review policies, procedures and reports documenting water management implementation results to verify that facilities:
Healthcare center, including both Medicare and Medicaid participating institutions, are required by the CMS to reduce Legionella risk in healthcare facility water systems to prevent cases and outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease. Additionally, they are required to minimize the risk of spread of other waterborne pathogens such as Pseudomonas, Acinetobacter, Burkholderia, Stenotrophomonas, nontuberculous mycobacteria, and fungi in their facility water system. This policy memorandum applies to hospitals, critical access hospitals, long term care facilities, intensive care unites, and rehabilitation centers.
Accreditation surveyors will review policies, procedures, and reports documenting water management implementation results to verify that facilities have thoroughly conducted a facility-risk assessment, implement an accepted water management program, and specified testing protocols and acceptable ranges for control measures.
Healthcare facilities must comply with CMS requirements in order to protect the health and safety of their patients. Facilities failing to demonstrate compliance are at risk of citation for non-compliance with the CMS Conditions of Participation.
An effective water safety plan is the first step in disease prevention and health improvement. According to a Tufts study, “30% of documented HAI’s can be attributed to water.” The World Health Organization stated, “10 out of 12 bacteria that pose the greatest risk to human health are attributed to water.”
Water has become a breeding ground for bacteria and pathogens such as, Legionella, which can multiply in a building’s water system. With an over 400% increase in Legionella cases, waterborne diseases have proliferated causing death to vulnerable individuals, escalated antibiotic resistance, and dramatically contributed to raising healthcare costs. CMS has decided to take much needed preventative measures to address this urgent global health matter.
If the conditions mentioned apply to you, then you must implement an adherent water management program to correct for Legionella bacterial threat in your facility water system.