The systems improvement agreement is a new tool available to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to aid compliance with the conditions of participation in federal programs. Hospitals can request to enter into an SIA with the Centers if they are facing termination for immediate jeopardy findings that have not been fixed in the short time permitted.
SIAs give hospitals more leeway in fixing immediate jeopardy problems and avoid closure — a benefit to hospitals struggling with compliance. But their availability may lead to more findings of immediate jeopardy.
READ The Systems Improvement Agreement by Kate Fenner, RN, PhD, on H&HN Daily.