CMS S&C Letter on Use of Audio Devices

CMS has released new guidance on the use of Audio recording devices in common areas of an ICF/IID facility. The guidance is similar to previously released information on the use of video cameras:

“The…  regulations do not unilaterally prohibit the use of audio surveillance devices within the ICF/IID. There may be instances where the use of audio surveillance devices may be helpful in ensuring that the clients are free from physical, verbal, sexual or psychological abuse, mistreatment or punishment. However, great care must be exercised to prevent any unintended violation of an individual’s rights and privacy when such equipment is used in the facility.”

Please see the link below for the full letter from CMS:

Survey-and-Cert-Letter-15-23