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
The period of time for hospices to qualify for an "extraordinary circumstance" exemption when they believe the nursing shortage has affected their ability to hire sufficient numbers of nurses directly has been extended until Sept. 30, 2016, by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
A new Toolkit for Medicaid Medical Documentation has been released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Center for Program Integrity to educate Medicaid medical providers and staff about the importance of medical record documentation.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is permitting a categorical waiver to allow for use of power strips in resident care areas that use line-operated, patient-care-related electrical equipment in both new and existing healthcare facilities if the provider is in compliance with applicable 2012 Life Safety Code (LSC) power strip requirements and with the 1999 NFPA 99 and 2000 LSC electrical system and equipment provisions.
The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care, a coalition in which LeadingAge has played an active role, has exceeded its goal to reduce the use of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes by 15%. Between the end of 2011 and the end of 2013, use of the drugs had decreased from 23.8% to 20.2% nationwide.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released 2 new toolkits for nursing homes, for Medicaid beneficiaries, and for pharmacies.