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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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Revised Interpretive State Operations Manual Guidelines Released by CMS

CMS has revised the Interpretive Guidelines and as needed, Investigative Protocols for the following F Tags to incorporate survey and certification policy memos issued from October of 2003 through May of 2014.

What Are the Financial Characteristics of Approved Medicaid Applicants?

A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) examines the financial characteristics of approved Medicaid applicants and the methods used by individuals to reduce assets to qualify for nursing home coverage.

CMS Issues Guidance for Reporting Certain Infection Control Breaches

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued guidance to surveyors regarding infection control breaches by providers and suppliers that pose a risk of bloodborne pathogen transmission and that call for notification of public health authorities to conduct risk assessment and, if necessary, to implement notice to residents and patients. 

Nursing Homes: CMS Revises Guidance on Undercooked Eggs

Skilled nursing and nursing facilities should use pasteurized shell eggs or liquid pasteurized eggs to eliminate the risk of residents contracting Salmonella Enteritidis (SE), according to a new survey and certification letter from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Nursing Homes: How to Apply for Extension to the Sprinkler Deadline

Nursing homes requesting an extension to the August 13, 2013, deadline for full installation of an automatic sprinkler system should follow the newly posted Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) procedures, which implement the May 12, 2014, final rule allowing extensions of up to 2 years for providers that are building a replacement facility or undergoing major modifications to unsprinklered living areas.