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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Civil Money Penalty Tool and Guidance Posted by CMS

Guidance on the use of the Civil Money Penalties (CMP) Analytic Tool was released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Dec. 19, 2014. The guidance details requirements and instructions for CMS Regional Offices when imposing civil money penalties on nursing homes as an enforcement action.

MDS Section I: Diagnoses Coding Tips: Quadriplegia

Miss the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) training video on coding Section I of MDS? We've got the transcript of the training, which addresses common questions surrounding proper coding of Quadriplegia, CVA and Hemiplegia/Hemiparesis.

Recognition of Same-Sex Spouses: CMS Issues Proposed Rule and Guidance

On Dec. 12, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published a proposed rule that would add recognition of same-sex marriages to conditions of participation for providers, including nursing homes and hospice, and to conditions for coverage for suppliers. The agency also issued guidance for long-term care surveyors to follow until the rule is finalized. Comments on the proposed rule are due by Feb. 10, 2015.

CMS Clarifies Off-Label Use of Waived Blood Glucose Monitoring Systems in Healthcare Facilities

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a memorandum clarifying off-label use of Blood Glucose Monitoring Systems (BGMS) in nursing homes and other healthcare facilities.

Long-Term Care Facility State Operations Manual Updated to Include Survey and Certification Letters from 2003 to 2014

The Long Term Care Facility State Operations Manual (SOM) Interpretive Guidelines for Surveyors and Associated Investigative Protocols has been updated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reflect survey and certification guidance previously issued in the form of survey and certification letters and policy memorandums from fiscal year 2003 through May of 2014.