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Who We Are
The Bureau of Survey and Certification (BSC) is where advocacy, regulation, and compliance intersect. The BSC team is responsible for ensuring laboratories, health, and long-term care facilities that operate in the state of Michigan maintain compliance with federal regulations that impact the quality of care received at participating facilities.
Our team is equipped with dedicated and experienced RNs, social workers, sanitarians, fire safety inspectors, and other medical professionals who have the unique job of going into facilities to make sure quality and safety standards set forth by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) are being followed. BSC healthcare surveyors, sanitarians, and inspectors routinely meet directly with patients, residents, and family members to make sure they are receiving safe, quality care. As part of their role, they also work directly with frontline staff who are delivering the care and ensure they are following appropriate regulations that impact the quality of care they provide. Find out more about the remarkable roles of our team in the sections below.
Bureau of Survey and Certification is looking for compassionate and dedicated team members. Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of Michiganders? BSC is currently hiring RNs, sanitarians, licensed social workers, and more!
BSC environmental sanitarians investigate the health and safety within healthcare facilities with a specific focus on inspecting the environmental conditions of food safety, physical environment, and other factors that impact public health. Sanitarians identify deficient practices and risks to patient/resident health and safety. They enforce environmental regulations that ensure the safety of food, water, and the general physical environment of patients and residents. BSC environmental sanitarians possess advanced degrees in the physical or biological sciences, sanitary science, or environmental health, and many hold the Registered Sanitarian (RS) or Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) professional credential and are members of state and national professional associations.
Fire Safety Inspector
BSC fire safety inspectors ensure acute health and long-term care facilities are in compliance with applicable fire safety codes and standards and various state and federal laws, rules, and regulations. Fire Safety Inspectors use their professional knowledge and training to ensure proper maintenance and operation of safety equipment such as fire extinguishers, fire alarm systems, fire suppression systems and other fire safety components of healthcare facilities. They review architectural and construction documents and specifications to ensure compliance with applicable fire safety codes and standards to ensure all physical buildings are up to code with federal regulations. BSC fire inspectors possess various degrees and training in fire safety, including associates and bachelor’s degrees in fire sciences, and other fire safety specific credentials, including NFPA Fire Inspector I and II, and many are members of state professional associations.
Health Care Surveyor
BSC healthcare surveyors conduct onsite surveys to evaluate the performance and effectiveness of health care providers and long-term care facilities to ensure compliance with federal regulations. Through keen observation, healthcare surveyors identify areas of non-compliance, and other factors that jeopardize the health and safety of residents, as well as investigate allegations of harm. BSC healthcare surveyors possess a wide range of knowledge and skills from the following disciplines including, sanitation, dietetics, nursing, pharmacy, speech therapy, psychology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, and/or social work. In addition to these degrees, every BSC healthcare surveyor must pass Surveyor Minimum Qualification Test and achieve SMQT certification in order to conduct investigations on behalf of CMS in the State of Michigan.
Laboratory Evaluation Specialist
BSC laboratory evaluation specialists are responsible for ensuring laboratories that tests human specimens for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease are following the federal Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) requirements. The BSC surveyors visit clinical laboratories throughout the state to observe staff performing tests and review documents for specimen collection, procedures, quality control, quality assurance, maintenance, staff qualifications, proficiency testing, and competency. BSC laboratory evaluation specialists hold a bachelor's degree in medical technology, clinical laboratory science, or biology, and hold professional certification with American Society of Clinical Pathologist, American Medical Technologists and American Association of Bioanalysis.