Other Legal Issues
In this section, we cover such issues as pharmaceuticals in long-term care facilities, the red flags rule relating to identify theft and other assorted court cases and legal issues that involve aging services.
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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.
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.
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.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report evaluating the availability of Medicare cost and quality information for consumers. Take a look at its recommendations.
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.