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
CMS has revised the Interpretive Guidelines and as needed, Investigative Protocols for the following F Tags to incorporate survey and certification policy memos issued from October of 2003 through May of 2014.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) is beginning the next biennial National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP). There is no doubt that many LeadingAge members will be part of the random, nationally representative sample of residential providers participating in the study. It is important that those selected to participate respond accordingly because each response in the sample is vital to capturing an accurate picture of residential care in the U.S.
A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) examines the financial characteristics of approved Medicaid applicants and the methods used by individuals to reduce assets to qualify for nursing home coverage.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued guidance to surveyors regarding infection control breaches by providers and suppliers that pose a risk of bloodborne pathogen transmission and that call for notification of public health authorities to conduct risk assessment and, if necessary, to implement notice to residents and patients.
Skilled nursing and nursing facilities should use pasteurized shell eggs or liquid pasteurized eggs to eliminate the risk of residents contracting Salmonella Enteritidis (SE), according to a new survey and certification letter from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).