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CMS Announces Post-Acute Priorities for 2020 – Final Regulations, State Operation Manual Updates, Home Health and Hospice Survey Process Revisions

[12/20/19]

Posted on December 20, 2019 in Health Law News, Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On December 11, 2019, the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality/Quality, Safety & Oversight Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a memorandum to State Survey Agency Directors entitled “Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Mission & Priority document (MPD) – Action” (“FY 2020 Memo”) that announced its work and intentions for the fiscal... READ MORE

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CMS Memo Addresses Status of Interpretive Guidance for Phase 3 Skilled Nursing Facility Regulations and Arbitration Agreements

[11/25/19]

Posted on November 25, 2019 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On November 22, 2019, the Quality, Safety & Oversight Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a memorandum entitled “Updates and Initiatives to Ensure Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes” (“QSO Memo”) that announced a status update on the Interpretive Guidance for: (1) Phase 3 elements of the regulations in Part... READ MORE

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Red Alert: CMS Nursing Home Compare Website to Add Red Alert Icons for Facilities with Abuse and Neglect Citations

[10/11/19]

Posted on October 11, 2019 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) is revising its Nursing Home Compare Five-Star Quality Rating System to add a red alert icon to a skilled nursing facility’s profile if the facility has had a high-level abuse citation and/or repeat abuse citations. Changes to CMS Nursing Home Compare Website On October 7, 2019, CMS... READ MORE

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Countdown to Phase 3 – Skilled Nursing Infection Preventionist

[10/02/19]

Posted on October 2, 2019 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

Beginning on November 28, 2019, surveyors will use the requirements detailed in 42 C.F.R. Section 483.80 of the Code of Federal Regulations Requirements for States and Long-Term Care Facilities (“Final Regulations”) to determine whether a skilled nursing facility (“Facility”) has an infection preventionist on staff who is a primary professional trained in nursing, medical... READ MORE

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CMS Proposes One-Year Delay for Certain Phase 3 Skilled Nursing Requirements – Changes Made to Compliance and Ethics Programs and Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement Programs

[07/17/19]

Posted on July 17, 2019 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On July 16, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released a pre-publication copy of the revisions (“Proposed Rule”) to Part 483 to Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations the Requirements for States and Long-Term Care Facilities (“RoPs”). CMS stated that it identified a number of existing skilled nursing facility... READ MORE

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Countdown to Phase 3 Skilled Nursing Compliance Programs – Component #8 – Respond and Take Corrective Action

[07/15/19]

Posted on July 15, 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 #7 – Consistent Enforcement of Discipline Procedures

[06/28/19]

Posted on June 28, 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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New Admission Disclosure Requirements for Indiana Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living Facilities

[06/28/19]

Posted on June 28, 2019 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

A new Indiana law imposes several written disclosure requirements that health facilities must provide to prospective residents. The new Indiana law also includes requirements to follow when developing and executing a resident care plan. New Written Disclosures to Prospective Residents The new Indiana law requires that health facilities provide written disclosures on the following... READ MORE

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Countdown to Phase 3 Skilled Nursing Compliance Programs – Component #6 – Auditing and Monitoring Procedures to Promote Compliance

[06/21/19]

Posted on June 21, 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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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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