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.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a letter on Feb. 28 that revises the survey and certification emergency preparedness checklist for health care facility planning. CMS advises that the revisions will provide more detailed guidance about patient/resident tracking, supplies and collaboration.
The U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) recently issued a new safety guide for patient lifts. The guide provides and illustrates general safety information for
caregivers regarding the use of lifts, including in the home setting.
The comment period for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services (CMS) proposed rule that
would establish national emergency preparedness requirements
for providers and suppliers participating in Medicare and Medicaidhas been extended to March 31, 2014.
On December 24, the Department of Health and Human Services
(DHHS) Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) issued a
memorandum to Medicare Appellants regarding requests for
Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Hearings for Medicare Claim and
On Dec. 27, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule to establish national emergency preparedness requirements for health care providers and suppliers participating in Medicare and Medicaid. We would like to include your feedback in our response to CMS. Please send any recommendations you may have for change or amendment to Evvie Munley no later than Feb. 17, 2014.