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
LeadingAge has filed formal comments on the extensive proposed rule CMS released on July 16, to revise the Requirements of Participation for nursing homes. Our comment letter [link here to the document] goes through each issue, line-by-line. Many of our comments are illustrated by the many recommendations you, our members, submitted on the proposed rule. We greatly appreciate your input and also the recommendations that you filed directly with CMS. In this case, volume really matters.
On Sept. 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship for Nursing Homes, a new set of materials designed to help nursing homes improve antibiotic prescribing practices and reduce their inappropriate use to protect residents from the consequences of antibiotic-resistant infections, such as C. difficile.
In commenting on the new demonstration mandating bundled payments for lower extremity joint replacement (LEJR) in 75 geographic areas across the country, LeadingAge emphasized the need to ensure Medicare beneficiary choice in post-acute care. We also urged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services not to use the Five Star system to assess post-acute care providers' ability to manage joint replacement patients.
Undertaking its most comprehensive review and revision since 1991, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposed rule updating 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).