New Mexico Department of Health
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Quality Management Bureau

The Quality Management Bureau (QMB) works in close coordination with other divisions of the Department of Health and with other state agencies to ensure accountability and compliance of community based waiver providers with state and federal regulations, contractual or program requirements, and quality standards.


Survey Units

QMB conducts compliance surveys of agencies who have a provider agreement with the Developmental Disabilities Supports Division (DDSD) to provide Medicaid home and community-based waiver services including; the Developmental Disabilities Waiver (DDW) providers, Medically Fragile Waiver (MFW) and the Mi Via Waiver consultant agencies.

A QMB survey team conducts a thorough review of each provider’s services to determine if they are in compliance with required standards, rules and statutes and to ensure the health, safety and welfare of individuals receiving services.

Customer Satisfaction Survey

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Developmentally Disabled Waiver Survey Unit

A DDW survey team conducts on-site, systems-based surveys and other quality improvement activities related to the health, welfare and safety of individuals receiving supports through case management services, living supports, community supports and employment services.

NOTE: In the past, living supports, also refers to the following former service types: (also known as) community living, supported living, independent living, family living, homebased living, and individual living support services. Also, community supports and employment services, refers to the following former service types known as: community inclusion, inclusion supports, customized community supports, adult habilitation, community access, day services, day habilitation (dayhab), volunteer services, meaningful day services, and supported employment.

Visit the Developmental Disabilities Waiver Survey Unit page to learn more.

Medically Fragile Waiver Survey Unit

This unit, which always consists of at least one QMB nurse surveyor, conducts on-site, systems-based surveys and other quality improvement activities related to the health, welfare and safety of individuals receiving supports through the medically fragile waiver.

Visit the Medically Fragile Waiver Survey Unit page to learn more.

Mi Via Self-Directed Waiver Survey Unit

This unit conducts surveys of agencies who have a provider agreement with the DDSD to provide mi via self-directed consultant services. The survey consists of on-site, systems-based surveys and other quality improvement activities related to the health, welfare and safety of Individuals receiving supports through the mi via consultant agency locations.

Visit the Mi Via Self-Directed Waiver Survey Unit page to learn more.


Survey Process, and Conditions of Participation

ImageQMB conducts unannounced surveys of community based waiver providers.

QMB surveys determine compliance with the DDW standards and state and federal regulations. QMB has grouped the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services waiver assurances into five service domains.

  1. Level of Care
  2. Plan of Care
  3. Qualified Providers
  4. Health, Welfare and Safety
  5. Administrative Oversight

NOTE: Administrative oversight listed in this document is not the same as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services assurance of Administrative Authority. Used in this context it is related to the agency’s operational policies and procedures, Quality Management system and Medicaid billing and reimbursement processes.

Within these five service domains there is focus on seven fundamental regulations, standards, or policies with which a provider must be in essential compliance in order to ensure the health and welfare of individuals served and are known as Conditions of Participation (COPS). A provider must be in compliance with COPS to participate as a waiver provider. The DHI and the DDSD collaborate to revise and update the current COPS as needed.

There are seven categories of COPS in which providers must be in compliance.

Case Management Supports

Level of Care

  1. The case manager shall complete all required elements of the Long Term Care Assessment Abstract (LTCAA) to ensure ongoing eligibility for waiver services.

Service Plans

  1. Individual Service Plan (ISP) Creation and Development — Each individual shall have an ISP. The ISP shall be developed in accordance with DDSD regulations and standards and is updated at least annually or when warranted by changes in the individual’s needs.
  2. ISP Monitoring and Evaluation — The Case Manager shall ensure the health and welfare of the individual through monitoring the implementation of ISP desired outcomes.

All Service Providers

Qualified Providers

  1. Qualified Providers — Agencies shall ensure support staff has completed criminal background screening and all mandated trainings as required by the DDSD.

Living Supports and Community Supports

Service Plans

  1. ISP Implementation — Services provided shall be consistent with the components of the ISP and implemented to achieve desired outcomes.

Health, Welfare and Safety

  1. Individual Health, Safety & Welfare (Safety) — Individuals have the right to live and work in a safe environment.
  2. Individual Health, Safety and Welfare (Healthcare Oversight) — The provider shall support individuals to access needed healthcare services in a timely manner. Nursing, healthcare services and healthcare oversight shall be available and provided as needed to address individuals’ health, safety and welfare.

The QMB Determination of Compliance process is based on provider compliance or non-compliance with standards and regulations. All deficiencies (non-compliance with standards and regulations) are identified and cited as either a standard level deficiency or a condition of participation level deficiency in the QMB reports of findings.

For additional information on QMB determinations of compliance and conditions of participation see our Conditions of Participation Process (Attachment B) document.


Reports of Findings and Plan of Correction Process

ImageUpon completion of a QMB survey the provider agency is sent the report of findings via email. All deficiencies require corrective action when non-compliance is identified. Each provider must develop and implement a Plan of Correction (POC) that identifies specific quality assurance and quality improvement activities the agency will implement to correct deficiencies and prevent continued deficiencies and non-compliance.

Agencies must submit their POC within ten (10) business days from the date the QMB report of findings is received.

NOTE: Providers who do not submit a POC within 10 business days may be referred to the Internal Review Committee (IRC) for possible actions or sanctions.

Agencies must fully implement their approved POC within 45 business days (10 business days to submit your POC for approval and 35 days to implement your approved POC) from the date they receive the QMB Report of Findings.

NOTE: Providers who fail to complete a POC within the 45 business days allowed will be referred to the IRC for possible actions or sanctions.

If you have questions about the POC process, see our Plan of Correction Process (Attachment A) document, or contact the POC Coordinator Amanda Castaneda at 575-373-5716.

On rare occasions, it may be necessary to request a time extension to complete a component of a POC. A written request for a time extension must be submitted to the POC coordinator with an explanation as to why the addition time is needed and when it will be completed. QMB will review the request for the extension and notify the provider if approved or not approved.

Requests for technical assistance must be requested through your regional DDSD office.

To view completed QMB surveys of providers and their past performance, please visit the Developmental Disabilities Waiver Survey Unit, Medically Fragile Waiver Survey Unit and Mi Via Self-Directed Waiver Survey Unit sections of our website.


Informal Reconsideration of Findings

Providers who wish to dispute the specific finding(s) of a QMB survey may do so by requesting an Informal Reconsideration of Findings (IRF).

Please visit the Informal Reconsideration of Findings section of our website to learn more.


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