Survey, Certification and Operations
We at LeadingAge advocate for a healthy, ethical and affordable oversight system for the nation's nursing homes. We provide updates on regulatory activity issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and other federal agencies. Check here often for the latest on regulations, guidance and initiatives, including the CMS Five-Star Nursing Home Rating System, to help you understand
By now, most of you who provide nursing home care are aware of the extensive proposed rule CMS released on July 16, to revise the Requirements of Participation for nursing homes.
On Aug. 4, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule outlining the 2016 Medicare payment rates for skilled nursing facilities (SNF).
On August 6, Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting an assessment of the general accuracy and reliability of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 5-Star Quality Rating System for nursing homes and its usefulness as a consumer tool.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has begun pilot testing a focused survey on medication safety systems to look at nursing home practices for high-risk medications, such as Coumadin. CMS has also released a medication-related adverse event tool developed in collaboration with the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ).
We've added a new tool to our Insights Market Intelligence Suite that will help nursing home members beter understand where to focus efforts to improve resident care and to increase the overall 5-star rating.