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Reasonable Assurance Period and Voluntary Termination When an Enforcement Action Is Pending Against a Medicare Certified Provider or Supplier

[06/29/17]

Posted on June 29, 2017 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On June 16, 2017, CMS issued transmittal S&C: 17-35-ALL. This transmittal clarified CMS policy by stating a reasonable assurance period will apply if a provider or supplier voluntarily terminates its Medicare certification when an enforcement action has been initiated by the State Survey Agency. Section 2016 of the State Operations Manual allows a provider... READ MORE

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Mandatory Federal Remedies for Nursing Homes

[08/12/16]

Posted on August 12, 2016 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

On July 22, 2016, the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality/Survey & Certification Group released a memorandum that revised Chapter 7 of the State Operations Manual (“SOM”) and provided guidance on its policy to immediately impose federal remedies when a deficiency of a certain type is cited. The remedies are in addition to a... READ MORE

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Notification of Facility Closure Changes to State Operations Manual

[08/06/13]

Posted on August 6, 2013 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Selby, Todd J.

On August 2, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued an update to the State Operations Manual (“SOM”) regarding the process for notification of a facility closure.  The updates to the SOM are the result of a final rule published in the Federal Register on March 19, 2013 and can be... READ MORE

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Advance Feeding Tube Interpretive Guidelines

[10/03/12]

Posted on October 3, 2012 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Selby, Todd J.

On September 27, 2012 CMS issued revised feeding tube interpretive guidelines to the State Operations Manual (“SOM”). While the actual federal regulation did not change, the SOM changes the interpretive guidelines, which can be found in Appendix PP of the SOM.

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CMS Issues Advance Copy of Long-Term Care Survey Protocol

[10/02/12]

Posted on October 2, 2012 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Selby, Todd J.

On September 27, 2012, CMS issued an advance copy of the State Operations Manual (“SOM”) revisions to Appendix P of the SOM, which addresses Long-Term Care Facility survey protocol. The SOM guidance also makes changes to various survey forms resulting from the new quality measures reports.

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