42 CFR § 488.1115 - Surveyor qualifications and prohibition of conflicts of interest.
(a) Minimum qualifications. Surveyors must meet minimum qualifications prescribed by CMS. Before any accrediting organization, State or Federal surveyor may serve on a hospice survey team (except as a trainee), he/she must have successfully completed the relevant CMS-sponsored Basic Hospice Surveyor Training Course, and additional training as specified by CMS.
(b) Disqualifications. Surveyor(s) must disclose actual or perceived conflicts of interest prior to participating in a hospice program survey and be provided the opportunity to recuse themselves as necessary. Any of the following circumstances disqualifies a surveyor from surveying a particular hospice program:
(1) The surveyor currently serves, or, within the previous 2 years has served, with the hospice program to be surveyed as one of the following:
(i) A direct employee.
(ii) An employment agency staff at the hospice program.
(2) The surveyor has a financial interest or an ownership interest in the hospice program to be surveyed.