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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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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.

New GAO Report Finds CMS Quality Websites Do Not Give Consumers Enough Information

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. 

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.