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LeadingAge's healthcare team tracks regulations and legislation relating to nursing homes.

Medications: AGS Releases 2012 Beers Criteria

The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) released the updated version of the Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medications in the Elderly. 

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Recognition of Same-Sex Spouses: CMS Issues Proposed Rule and Guidance

On Dec. 12, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published a proposed rule that would add recognition of same-sex marriages to conditions of participation for providers, including nursing homes and hospice, and to conditions for coverage for suppliers. The agency also issued guidance for long-term care surveyors to follow until the rule is finalized. Comments on the proposed rule are due by Feb. 10, 2015.

CMS Clarifies Off-Label Use of Waived Blood Glucose Monitoring Systems in Healthcare Facilities

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a memorandum clarifying off-label use of Blood Glucose Monitoring Systems (BGMS) in nursing homes and other healthcare facilities.

Long-Term Care Facility State Operations Manual Updated to Include Survey and Certification Letters from 2003 to 2014

The Long Term Care Facility State Operations Manual (SOM) Interpretive Guidelines for Surveyors and Associated Investigative Protocols has been updated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reflect survey and certification guidance previously issued in the form of survey and certification letters and policy memorandums from fiscal year 2003 through May of 2014.

Ebola Outbreak: Tips for Protecting Workers

Health officials suggest Ebola cannot be spread through casual contact. Rather, a person becomes infected through contact with the blood and other bodily fluids of others already infected. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) also communicates, "Individuals who are infected are not contagious until symptoms are noted." Find out what you can do to protect yourself, your workers and your patients. 

Measure What Matters: Ensuring an Effective Health Care Competency Program

As the health care field gets even more serious about delivering patient-centered, value-based care, nurses and other staff members are facing new responsibilities and learning requirements. These developments make it an ideal time to review competency programs and competency assessment goals, and create strategies targeted toward building and maintaining an advanced workforce.