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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CMS Will Expand MDS 3.0 Focused Surveys in 2015

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it will expand its 2014 5-State MDS 3.0 Focused Survey Pilot to a nationwide sample in 2015, and that it also will include an evaluation of staffing in some of the selected focused-survey facilities.

CMS Announces Changes to the Nursing Home 5-Star Rating System

On Oct. 6, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced several changes in the Nursing Home 5-Star Rating System. These changes include payroll-based reporting of staffing levels and the addition of new quality measures, beginning with the extent of antipsychotic drug use within a nursing home.

Hospice Extraordinary Circumstance Exemption Extended by CMS

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).

New Medicaid Documentation Toolkit Released by 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. 

CMS Allows Use of Power Strips in Resident Rooms 

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.