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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