Avoiding F 884 Tag

The most frequently cited F Tag in nursing homes is F 884, which addresses infection control protocols. In addition to implementing standard infection control measures, F Tag 884 underscores the importance of reporting to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) on a weekly basis. This reporting requirement is crucial for ensuring compliance with F Tag 884 and is utilized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to assess nursing home performance.
Failure to report, or to report in a timely manner, has led to a significant number of citations and fines. To support nursing homes in meeting this requirement, the American Health Care Association (AHCA) has developed a helpful tips sheet. It is essential for nursing homes to review and share this resource with their Infection Preventionists (IPs) to facilitate accurate and timely reporting and avoid potential citations. Compliance with reporting obligations not only demonstrates a commitment to resident safety but also mitigates the risk of penalties and fines imposed for non-compliance.
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