- Facility Surveyor I
- What will I be doing?
- Do I qualify?
- Can I be successful?
- How do I apply?
This is professional inspection, investigative, and consultative work in surveying long-term care facilities, including facilities for persons with physical disabilities, mental illness, and/or mental retardation, to determine compliance with state and federal laws, regulations, certification, and licensure requirements.
Participates in surveys, inspections, and investigations of complaints filed by the public and others of long-term care facilities that are licensed and/or certified for participation in the Medicare/Medicaid programs.
Ensures facility compliance with federal and state laws, regulations, and agency policies which may result in recommendation for enforcement actions against deficient facilities or service providers.
Participates in follow-up visits and reviews corrective action plans; makes recommendations for state and/or federal penalty assessments and/or federal remedies in situations where state licensing and/or federal regulations are not met within specified time limits.
Reviews facility and/or provider informal disputes of issued violations; participates in exit conferences on findings.
Participates in evaluating programs and procedures to improve operational efficiency.
Participates in meetings and conferences relating to resident care and the operation of facilities; assists in meetings with facility representatives.
Evaluates sanitary and environmental conditions, and social, physical, and mental health circumstances, including special areas of concern for geriatric and disabled populations such as diet, nutrition, pharmacology, therapies, and the condition of facility residents.
Provides information to state agency staff, providers, and the public in the areas of regulations, policies, adult day care, employee disqualification list, nurse assistant registry, and complaints.
Provides consultation and technical assistance to health facility administrators, providers, or other facility personnel on ways to improve resident care, increase operational efficiency, and meet standards.
Provides technical assistance and consultation to facility staff, in areas such as environmental health and/or fire safety; dietetic services and nutrition; physical, occupational, speech, recreational, or music therapy; and/or geriatrics, social services, mental retardation, and/or mental illness.
Inspects facilities to assess residents' level of care needs and determines the quality and appropriateness of care and social services provided or the provision of active treatment.
Performs technical environmental health work in the inspection of facilities, requiring the application and interpretation of state and federal regulations and standards which may result in recommendations for enforcement actions against deficient facilities or service providers.
Prepares detailed reports, in cooperation with other survey specialists, on survey findings and makes on-site follow-up visits to determine that corrections have been made.
Presents evidence or participates in hearings and other administrative proceedings related to institutions not meeting standards for licensure and/or certification, or individuals recommended for placement on the employee disqualification list.
Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with local, state, and federal agencies, facility and provider staff, other concerned individuals, or groups and communicates with state agency staff, facility staff, and others.
Performs work under general administrative supervision; receives professional supervision from a higher level surveyor or other designated supervisor; as experience is obtained, work is performed with more independence within established policies.
Performs other related work as assigned.
(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility. Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statement; no other substitutions will be permitted. These minimum qualifications may also be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)
One or more years of experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System.
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 24 earned credit hours in social or behavioral sciences; Environmental Science or Technology; biological, chemical, or sanitary sciences; Civil or Mechanical Engineering; Industrial Safety; Education; Physical Rehabilitation; Habilitation; Gerontology; Counseling; Physical, Occupational, Recreational, Music, or Speech Therapy; Nutrition or Dietetics; Public Health, Business, Public, or Health Care Administration; or Adjunctive Therapy; and,
One or more years of professional experience in the areas of social work; mental health/retardation; sanitary inspection; environmental control; physical rehabilitation; habilitation; physical, occupational, recreational, music, or speech therapy; dietetics, foods, and nutrition; and/or health care facility surveying, licensed nursing home administration, or fire and safety inspection.
(24 earned graduate credit hours from an accredited college or university in the specified areas may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.)
Five or more years of experience inspecting residential care facilities or assisted living facilities.
By assignment, a position may require:
Successful completion of the Federal Surveyor Minimum Qualifications Test within two years of the date of appointment for all positions, except those that exclusively survey intermediate care facilities and hospitals for persons with mental retardation or mental illness.
Possession of a current license to practice as a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Clinical Social Worker, Professional Counselor, or other pertinent profession for which a license is required to practice in Missouri.
Registration as a Registered Dietitian by the Commission of Dietetic Registration.
Designation as a Qualified Mental Retardation Professional (QMRP) under Federal standards for an Intermediate Care Facility-Mental Retardation (ICF-MR).
Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.
Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?
Intermediate knowledge of the principles, methods, materials, and practices of environmental sanitation, sanitary inspection, and/or fire safety; social work and/or facility activity services; diet and nutrition; physical, occupational, speech, recreational, or music therapy; and/or physical rehabilitation, habilitation, gerontology, mental health/retardation, health facility surveying, and/or licensed nursing home administration.
Intermediate knowledge of and ability to interpret federal and state laws, regulations, and codes applicable to the licensure and certification of facilities.
Intermediate knowledge of the principles and methods of field inspection and investigation, quality control, basic rules of evidence, enforcement of laws, and business practices in regulated occupations.
Intermediate knowledge of various federal, state, and facility guidelines and regulations concerning care for the aged and disabled including mental disabilities.
Intermediate knowledge of social and emotional effects of various mental and physical disabilities, and the provisions of active treatment for the mentally disabled.
Intermediate knowledge of chemistry and bacteriology and the ability to apply this knowledge to problems of facility sanitation including water supply and treatment, sewage, and waste disposal.
Introductory knowledge of the theory, nature, and objectives of the licensure and certification programs.
Introductory knowledge of the functions, services, needs, and operating procedures of long-term care facilities.
Introductory knowledge of the relationships of environmental conditions to communicable diseases.
Ability to express ideas in an effective and concise manner.
Ability to work as an effective member of an interdisciplinary team.
Ability to work with the staff of facilities under the licensing and certification programs.
Ability to travel to assigned facilities as required by work assignments.
Ability to compile, prepare, present, and interpret reports and related data, and document findings concerning facility operations.
Ability to use instruments and tools, including personal computers, necessary to perform surveys, inspections, and/or investigations.
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