The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a letter on Feb. 28 that revises the survey and certification emergency preparedness checklist for health care facility planning. CMS advises that the revisions will provide more detailed guidance about patient/resident tracking, supplies and collaboration.
The U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) recently issued a new safety guide for patient lifts. The guide provides and illustrates general safety information for
caregivers regarding the use of lifts, including in the home setting.
The comment period for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services (CMS) proposed rule that
would establish national emergency preparedness requirements
for providers and suppliers participating in Medicare and Medicaidhas been extended to March 31, 2014.
On December 24, the Department of Health and Human Services
(DHHS) Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) issued a
memorandum to Medicare Appellants regarding requests for
Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Hearings for Medicare Claim and
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a new Survey and Certification Letter. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in Nursing Homes, prohibiting facility policies that prevent full implementation of residents' advance directives. Facilities may not institute facility-wide 'no-CPR' policies, and prior to the arrival of emergency medical services (EMS), must provide basic life support, including CPR, to a resident who experiences cardiac arrest in accordance with his or her advance directive.