QA Investigation Results

Pennsylvania Department of Health
BARC DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES INC. HELLERTOWN AVENUE
Building Inspection Results

BARC DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES INC. HELLERTOWN AVENUE
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Initial Comments:
Name - Component - --
Based on an Emergency Preparedness Survey completed on March 13, 2024, it was determined that Barc Developmental Services Inc. Hellertown Avenue was not in compliance with the requirements of 42 CFR 483.475.



Plan of Correction:




483.475(d)(2) STANDARD
EP Testing Requirements

Name - Component - --
416.54(d)(2), 418.113(d)(2), 441.184(d)(2), 460.84(d)(2), 482.15(d)(2), 483.73(d)(2), 483.475(d)(2), 484.102(d)(2), 485.68(d)(2), 485.542(d)(2), 485.625(d)(2), 485.727(d)(2), 485.920(d)(2), 491.12(d)(2), 494.62(d)(2).

*[For ASCs at 416.54, CORFs at 485.68, REHs at 485.542, OPO, "Organizations" under 485.727, CMHCs at 485.920, RHCs/FQHCs at 491.12, and ESRD Facilities at 494.62]:

(2) Testing. The [facility] must conduct exercises to test the emergency plan annually. The [facility] must do all of the following:

(i) Participate in a full-scale exercise that is community-based every 2 years; or
(A) When a community-based exercise is not accessible, conduct a facility-based functional exercise every 2 years; or
(B) If the [facility] experiences an actual natural or man-made emergency that requires activation of the emergency plan, the [facility] is exempt from engaging in its next required community-based or individual, facility-based functional exercise following the onset of the actual event.
(ii) Conduct an additional exercise at least every 2 years, opposite the year the full-scale or functional exercise under paragraph (d)(2)(i) of this section is conducted, that may include, but is not limited to the following:
(A) A second full-scale exercise that is community-based or individual, facility-based functional exercise; or
(B) A mock disaster drill; or
(C) A tabletop exercise or workshop that is led by a facilitator and includes a group discussion using a narrated, clinically-relevant emergency scenario, and a set of problem statements, directed messages, or prepared questions designed to challenge an emergency plan.
(iii) Analyze the [facility's] response to and maintain documentation of all drills, tabletop exercises, and emergency events, and revise the [facility's] emergency plan, as needed.

*[For Hospices at 418.113(d):]
(2) Testing for hospices that provide care in the patient's home. The hospice must conduct exercises to test the emergency plan at least annually. The hospice must do the following:
(i) Participate in a full-scale exercise that is community based every 2 years; or
(A) When a community based exercise is not accessible, conduct an individual facility based functional exercise every 2 years; or
(B) If the hospice experiences a natural or man-made emergency that requires activation of the emergency plan, the hospital is exempt from engaging in its next required full scale community-based exercise or individual facility-based functional exercise following the onset of the emergency event.
(ii) Conduct an additional exercise every 2 years, opposite the year the full-scale or functional exercise under paragraph (d)(2)(i) of this section is conducted, that may include, but is not limited to the following:
(A) A second full-scale exercise that is community-based or a facility based functional exercise; or
(B) A mock disaster drill; or
(C) A tabletop exercise or workshop that is led by a facilitator and includes a group discussion using a narrated, clinically-relevant emergency scenario, and a set of problem statements, directed messages, or prepared questions designed to challenge an emergency plan.

(3) Testing for hospices that provide inpatient care directly. The hospice must conduct exercises to test the emergency plan twice per year. The hospice must do the following:
(i) Participate in an annual full-scale exercise that is community-based; or
(A) When a community-based exercise is not accessible, conduct an annual individual facility-based functional exercise; or
(B) If the hospice experiences a natural or man-made emergency that requires activation of the emergency plan, the hospice is exempt from engaging in its next required full-scale community based or facility-based functional exercise following the onset of the emergency event.
(ii) Conduct an additional annual exercise that may include, but is not limited to the following:
(A) A second full-scale exercise that is community-based or a facility based functional exercise; or
(B) A mock disaster drill; or
(C) A tabletop exercise or workshop led by a facilitator that includes a group discussion using a narrated, clinically-relevant emergency scenario, and a set of problem statements, directed messages, or prepared questions designed to challenge an emergency plan.
(iii) Analyze the hospice's response to and maintain documentation of all drills, tabletop exercises, and emergency events and revise the hospice's emergency plan, as needed.


*[For PRFTs at 441.184(d), Hospitals at 482.15(d), CAHs at 485.625(d):]
(2) Testing. The [PRTF, Hospital, CAH] must conduct exercises to test the emergency plan twice per year. The [PRTF, Hospital, CAH] must do the following:
(i) Participate in an annual full-scale exercise that is community-based; or
(A) When a community-based exercise is not accessible, conduct an annual individual, facility-based functional exercise; or
(B) If the [PRTF, Hospital, CAH] experiences an actual natural or man-made emergency that requires activation of the emergency plan, the [facility] is exempt from engaging in its next required full-scale community based or individual, facility-based functional exercise following the onset of the emergency event.
(ii) Conduct an [additional] annual exercise or and that may include, but is not limited to the following:
(A) A second full-scale exercise that is community-based or individual, a facility-based functional exercise; or
(B) A mock disaster drill; or
(C) A tabletop exercise or workshop that is led by a facilitator and includes a group discussion, using a narrated, clinically-relevant emergency scenario, and a set of problem statements, directed messages, or prepared questions designed to challenge an emergency plan.
(iii) Analyze the [facility's] response to and maintain documentation of all drills, tabletop exercises, and emergency events and revise the [facility's] emergency plan, as needed.

*[For PACE at 460.84(d):]
(2) Testing. The PACE organization must conduct exercises to test the emergency plan at least annually. The PACE organization must do the following:
(i) Participate in an annual full-scale exercise that is community-based; or
(A) When a community-based exercise is not accessible, conduct an annual individual, facility-based functional exercise; or
(B) If the PACE experiences an actual natural or man-made emergency that requires activation of the emergency plan, the PACE is exempt from engaging in its next required full-scale community based or individual, facility-based functional exercise following the onset of the emergency event.
(ii) Conduct an additional exercise every 2 years opposite the year the full-scale or functional exercise under paragraph (d)(2)(i) of this section is conducted that may include, but is not limited to the following:
(A) A second full-scale exercise that is community-based or individual, a facility based functional exercise; or
(B) A mock disaster drill; or
(C) A tabletop exercise or workshop that is led by a facilitator and includes a group discussion, using a narrated, clinically-relevant emergency scenario, and a set of problem statements, directed messages, or prepared questions designed to challenge an emergency plan.
(iii) Analyze the PACE's response to and maintain documentation of all drills, tabletop exercises, and emergency events and revise the PACE's emergency plan, as needed.

*[For LTC Facilities at 483.73(d):]
(2) The [LTC facility] must conduct exercises to test the emergency plan at least twice per year, including unannounced staff drills using the emergency procedures. The [LTC facility, ICF/IID] must do the following:
(i) Participate in an annual full-scale exercise that is community-based; or
(A) When a community-based exercise is not accessible, conduct an annual individual, facility-based functional exercise.
(B) If the [LTC facility] facility experiences an actual natural or man-made emergency that requires activation of the emergency plan, the LTC facility is exempt from engaging its next required a full-scale community-based or individual, facility-based functional exercise following the onset of the emergency event.
(ii) Conduct an additional annual exercise that may include, but is not limited to the following:
(A) A second full-scale exercise that is community-based or an individual, facility based functional exercise; or
(B) A mock disaster drill; or
(C) A tabletop exercise or workshop that is led by a facilitator includes a group discussion, using a narrated, clinically-relevant emergency scenario, and a set of problem statements, directed messages, or prepared questions designed to challenge an emergency plan.
(iii) Analyze the [LTC facility] facility's response to and maintain documentation of all drills, tabletop exercises, and emergency events, and revise the [LTC facility] facility's emergency plan, as needed.

*[For ICF/IIDs at 483.475(d)]:
(2) Testing. The ICF/IID must conduct exercises to test the emergency plan at least twice per year. The ICF/IID must do the following:
(i) Participate in an annual full-scale exercise that is community-based; or
(A) When a community-based exercise is not accessible, conduct an annual individual, facility-based functional exercise; or.
(B) If the ICF/IID experiences an actual natural or man-made emergency that requires activation of the emergency plan, the ICF/IID is exempt from engaging in its next required full-scale community-based or individual, facility-based functional exercise following the onset of the emergency event.
(ii) Conduct an additional annual exercise that may include, but is not limited to the following:
(A) A second full-scale exercise that is community-based or an individual, facility-based functional exercise; or
(B) A mock disaster drill; or
(C) A tabletop exercise or workshop that is led by a facilitator and includes a group discussion, using a narrated, clinically-relevant emergency scenario, and a set of problem statements, directed messages, or prepared questions designed to challenge an emergency plan.
(iii) Analyze the ICF/IID's response to and maintain documentation of all drills, tabletop exercises, and emergency events, and revise the ICF/IID's emergency plan, as needed.

*[For HHAs at 484.102]
(d)(2) Testing. The HHA must conduct exercises to test the emergency plan at
least annually. The HHA must do the following:
(i) Participate in a full-scale exercise that is community-based; or
(A) When a community-based exercise is not accessible, conduct an annual individual, facility-based functional exercise every 2 years; or.
(B) If the HHA experiences an actual natural or man-made emergency that requires activation of the emergency plan, the HHA is exempt from engaging in its next required full-scale community-based or individual, facility based functional exercise following the onset of the emergency event.
(ii) Conduct an additional exercise every 2 years, opposite the year the full-scale or functional exercise under paragraph (d)(2)(i) of this section is conducted, that may include, but is not limited to the following:
(A) A second full-scale exercise that is community-based or an individual, facility-based functional exercise; or
(B) A mock disaster drill; or
(C) A tabletop exercise or workshop that is led by a facilitator and includes a group discussion, using a narrated, clinically-relevant emergency scenario, and a set of problem statements, directed messages, or prepared questions designed to challenge an emergency plan.
(iii) Analyze the HHA's response to and maintain documentation of all drills, tabletop exercises, and emergency events, and revise the HHA's emergency plan, as needed.

*[For OPOs at 486.360]
(d)(2) Testing. The OPO must conduct exercises to test the emergency plan. The OPO must do the following:
(i) Conduct a paper-based, tabletop exercise or workshop at least annually. A tabletop exercise is led by a facilitator and includes a group discussion, using a narrated, clinically relevant emergency scenario, and a set of problem statements, directed messages, or prepared questions designed to challenge an emergency plan. If the OPO experiences an actual natural or man-made emergency that requires activation of the emergency plan, the OPO is exempt from engaging in its next required testing exercise following the onset of the emergency event.
(ii) Analyze the OPO's response to and maintain documentation of all tabletop exercises, and emergency events, and revise the [RNHCI's and OPO's] emergency plan, as needed.

*[ RNCHIs at 403.748]:
(d)(2) Testing. The RNHCI must conduct exercises to test the emergency plan. The RNHCI must do the following:
(i) Conduct a paper-based, tabletop exercise at least annually. A tabletop exercise is a group discussion led by a facilitator, using a narrated, clinically-relevant emergency scenario, and a set of problem statements, directed messages, or prepared questions designed to challenge an emergency plan.
(ii) Analyze the RNHCI's response to and maintain documentation of all tabletop exercises, and emergency events, and revise the RNHCI's emergency plan, as needed.

Observations:

Based on document review and interview, it was determined the facility failed to maintain its Emergency Preparedness (EP) testing program to conduct exercises to test the emergency plan, affecting the entire facility.

Findings include:

Documentation reviewed on March 13, 2024, revealed records were unavailable at the time of inspection confirming exercises to test the Emergency Plan were conducted twice per year in 2023.

Exit Interview with Facilities Maintenance Personnel on March 13, 2024, confirmed required testing exercises for the Emergency Preparedness plan were not available.












Plan of Correction:

1. Once each calendar year during the month of December, a facility-based exercise will be run at each residential location. The facility-based exercise will include locating, packing, and loading of the emergency bins into the agency vehicles, packing of clothing, personal care needs items, first aid kits and medications and loading of these items in the agency vehicles, loading of the individuals and staff into the agency vehicles, recording the time it took to complete the drill and any obstacles encountered. The drill will be unannounced to individuals and non-supervisory workers. Any issues or problems discovered during the facility-based exercise will be reviewed by management and solutions for prevention will be put into place. Documentation is the December Facility-Based Exercise Form.
2. All Supervisors and Direct Support Professionals will be fully trained on the Emergency Preparedness Plan twice annually in the months of June and December. Newly hired associates are trained upon hire. Additionally, in the event of a content change to the Emergency Preparedness Plan, all Supervisors and Direct Support Professionals are trained on the changes. Documentation is the Emergency Preparedness Plan Training Sign Off Form.



Initial Comments:
Name - ICF IMPRACTICAL Component - 02

Facility ID# 24421101
Component 02
Main Building

Based on a Medicaid Recertification Survey completed on March 13, 2024, it was determined that Barc Developmental Services Inc. Hellertown Avenue was not in compliance with the following requirements of the Life Safety Code for a new ICF/IID health care occupancy. Compliance with the National Fire Protection Association ' s Life Safety Code is required by 42 CFR 483.470(j).

This is a one-story, Type V (000), unprotected wood frame construction, with a basement, which is fully sprinklered.

State plans approved as Impractical.









Plan of Correction:




NFPA 101 STANDARD
Operating Features - Other

Name - ICF IMPRACTICAL Component - 02
Operating Features - Other
List in the REMARKS section any LSC Section 32.7 and 33.7 Operating Features requirements that are not addressed by the provided K-tags, but are deficient. This information, along with the applicable Life Safety Code or NFPA standard citation, should be included on Form CMS-2567.

Observations:

Based on observation and interview, it was determined the facility failed to inspect fire extinguishing equipment on a consistent basis, based on 33.3.3.5.7, 9.7.4.1, NFPA 10, Section 7.2.1.2, affecting the entire facility.

Findings Include:

Observation made on March 13, 2024, revealed monthly visual inspections of fire extinguishers had not been conducted since January 25, 2024.

Exit Interview with Facilities Maintenance Personnel on March 13, 2024, confirmed portable fire extinguisher inspections were not completed.











Plan of Correction:

1.The fire extinguisher inspection tags will be checked and inspected by the House manager within 24-hours of the monthly fire drill. The Program Manager will check each fire extinguisher tag once a month after the monthly fire drill has been run to ensure proper documentation. In addition, the maintenance department will check each tag as part of their monthly preventative maintenance checklist. The ICF Program Director and Maintenance Manager will review the documentation at the end of each month. Documentation is the Fire Tag Completion Form.