Focus: Infection Control

CMS says healthcare facilities must develop water management policies to prevent Legionnaires'

June 15, 2017

A recent Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services memo said healthcare facilities must develop policies to inhibit Legionella growth in water systems, according to an article on the Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality website.

Hospitals need to conduct a risk assessment, implement a water management program and specify testing protocols.

CMS surveyors will review facilities' water management implementation policies, procedures and reports.

Healthcare facilities without water management policies could be at risk of a non-compliance citation.

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