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Staff Training and Policy Reviews Needed: OIG Finds Skilled Nursing Facilities Failing to Report and Investigate Incidents of Potential Abuse and Neglect

[06/14/19]

Posted on June 14, 2019 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

Most skilled nursing facilities and state survey agencies are not correctly reporting and investigating abuse and neglect incidents that occur against skilled nursing residents, according to the June 7, 2019, Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report titled Incidents of Potential Abuse and Neglect at Skilled Nursing... READ MORE

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Countdown to Phase 3 Skilled Nursing Compliance Programs – Component #5 – Effective Communication of Compliance Standards to Staff, Contractors and Volunteers

[06/10/19]

Posted on June 10, 2019 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

This is another article in a series discussing the complete overhaul of Part 483 to Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations the Requirements for States and Long-Term Care Facilities (“Final Regulations”) by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”). To view other articles in this series, click here. Beginning on November 28,... READ MORE

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Countdown to Phase 3 Skilled Nursing Compliance Programs – Component #4 – Screening Process for Positions With Discretionary Authority

[06/06/19]

Posted on June 6, 2019 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

This is another article in a series discussing the complete overhaul of Part 483 to Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations the Requirements for States and Long-Term Care Facilities (“Final Regulations”) by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”). To view other articles in this series, click here. Beginning on November 28,... READ MORE

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CMS Finalizes New Regulations for Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) Organizations

[06/04/19]

Posted on June 4, 2019 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On June 3, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published revisions and updates to Part 460 to Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The requirements for the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (“PACE”) under the Medicare and Medicaid programs (“Final Regulations”) cover many regulatory requirements for PACE... READ MORE

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Countdown to Phase 3 Skilled Nursing Compliance Programs – Component #3 – Sufficient Resources and Authority

[05/29/19]

Posted on May 29, 2019 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

This is another article in a series discussing the complete overhaul of Part 483 to Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations the Requirements for States and Long-Term Care Facilities (“Final Regulations”) by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”). To view other articles in this series, click here. Beginning on November 28,... READ MORE

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Countdown to Phase 3 Skilled Nursing Compliance Programs – Component #2 – Assign Oversight Responsibility of Compliance Program

[05/22/19]

Posted on May 22, 2019 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

This is another article in a series discussing the complete overhaul of Part 483 to Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations the Requirements for States and Long-Term Care Facilities (“Final Regulations”) by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”). To view other articles in this series, click here. Beginning on November... READ MORE

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Countdown to Phase 3 Skilled Nursing Compliance Programs – Component #1 – Policies and Procedures

[05/15/19]

Posted on May 15, 2019 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

This is the first in a series of articles discussing the countdown to Phase 3 skilled nursing home compliance programs. To view other articles in this series, click here. Beginning on November 28, 2019, surveyors will use the requirements detailed 42 C.F.R. Section 483.85, the Requirements for States and Long-Term Care Facilities (“Final Regulations”)... READ MORE

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CMS Ends Freeze on Nursing Home Five-Star Rating System

[03/13/19]

Posted on March 13, 2019 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On March 5, 2019, the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality/Survey & Certification Group released a memorandum titled “April 2019 Improvements to Nursing Home Compare and the Five-Star Rating System” (“Memorandum”). In the Memorandum, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced the end of the freeze on health inspection star ratings and added quality... READ MORE

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CMS Revises Guidance on Immediate Jeopardy and Creates New Surveyor Tools – Actions Needed to Prevent and Defend Skilled Nursing Immediate Jeopardy Citations

[03/07/19]

Posted on March 7, 2019 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On March 5, 2019, the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality/Survey & Certification Group released a memorandum titled “Revisions to Appendix Q, Guidance on Immediate Jeopardy” (“Memorandum”). The Memorandum’s revisions create a “Core Appendix Q” that will be used by surveyors of all provider and supplier types in determining when to cite immediate jeopardy.... READ MORE

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Expect Active Follow-Ups: OIG Finds State Survey Agencies Are Not Verifying Facilities’ Corrections of Deficiencies

[02/13/19]

Posted on February 13, 2019 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On February 7, 2019, the Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a report titled CMS Guidance to State Survey Agencies on Verifying Correction of Deficiencies Needs to Be Improved to Help Ensure the Health and Safety of Nursing Home Residents (“Report”). The Report found that... READ MORE

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