Nursing Home

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 compliance requirements.


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State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program Final Rule Issues by Administration on Aging

The Administration on Aging (AoA) recently published a final rule intended to create more national consistency for the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.

CMS to Expand MDS 3.0 Focused Surveys for Nursing Homes Pilot

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to expand the MDS 3.0 Focus Survey Pilot that was conducted in 5 states in June-July 2014.

What the 5-Star Rating System Changes Mean for Nursing Homes

Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new approach in the way it will calculate the scores for the Nursing Home Compare 5-Star Nursing Home Rating System, and the agency anticipates that most nursing homes will see a change in their 5-Star score.

GAO Reports on CMS Readiness for the Transition to ICD-10

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report evaluating the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) preparation and provider support activities related to the scheduled Oct. 1, 2015, transition to the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) codes, used for documenting patient medical diagnoses and inpatient medical procedures.

CMS Clarifies CPR Policy for Nursing Homes

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued an updated Survey and Certification Letter regarding provision of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in nursing homes. The memo announces the addition of a new section to the surveyor guidance accompanying the residents rights requirements for refusal of treatment, participation in experimental research, and advance directives.