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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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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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Expansion of IIDR

[09/06/13]

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

Written by: Selby, Todd J.

Beginning October 1, 2013, a skilled nursing facility (“SNF”), a nursing facility (“NF”) or a dually-certified SNF/NF will be permitted to request an independent informal dispute resolution (“IIDR”) for all federal deficiencies cited on its standard or complaint survey (CMS-2567) that are subject to the imposition, collection and escrow of civil money penalties (“CMPs”)... READ MORE

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Automatic Sprinkler System Requirement Now in Effect for Long-Term Care Facilities

[08/22/13]

Posted on August 22, 2013 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Selby, Todd J.

On August 13, 2013, all nursing facilities participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs were required to be in compliance with the automatic sprinkler systems’ regulation that was published in a final rule on August 13, 2008. The regulation provided a five-year phase-in program to allow long-term care facilities (“Facilities”) to achieve compliance by... READ MORE

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CMS Revises Policy as to Surveys to Be Conducted Following Complaint Investigations Resulting in Condition-Level Noncompliance

[04/26/13]

Posted on April 26, 2013 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) recently released a Survey and Certification Letter updating the State Operations Manual (“SOM”) guidelines  on surveys of deemed status long-term care (“LTC”) providers when the provider has been found to have a condition level instance of noncompliance, including immediate jeopardy (“IJ”), in a complaint survey.  This change... READ MORE

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