CMS Releases Enforcement of Federal Regulations Related to Antipsychotic Medication Utilization Rates

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As of January 2019, there are 235 late adopter nursing homes that have been cited for noncompliance with federal regulations related to unnecessary medications or psychotropic medications two or more times since January 1, 2016, and who have not shown improvement in their long-stay antipsychotic medication rates. If these facilities are determined not to be in substantial compliance with requirements …

CMS Releases Revisions to Appendix Q (Guidance on Immediate Jeopardy)

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Core Appendix Q and Subparts – Appendix Q to the State Operations Manual (SOM), which provides guidance for identifying immediate jeopardy, has been revised. The revision creates a Core Appendix Q that will be used by surveyors of all provider and supplier types in determining when to cite immediate jeopardy. CMS has drafted subparts to Appendix Q that focus on …

CMS Announces Five Step Plan for Better Nursing Home Quality

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CMS will undertake a comprehensive review of their regulations, guidelines, internal structure, and processes related to safety and nursing home quality by developing a five-part plan to ensure the care provided in America’s nursing homes is of the highest possible quality. Strengthen Oversite CMS plans to first strengthen oversight. The CMS oversees State Survey Agencies (SSA) which are required to …

CMS Changes to Nursing Home Compare and Five-Star Ratings Explained

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A recent blog post from bakerdonelson.com provides a brief overview of the 2019 changes to Nursing Home Compare and the Five-Star Quality Rating System. Following is a summary of that blog. To read the entire blog, please click HERE. Health Inspection Domain: The methodology for the health inspection rating returned to what it was prior to February 2018. Specifically, results …

CMS Issues Proposed Revision Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities’ Arbitration Agreements

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FACT SHEET FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 5, 2017 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries   CMS Issues Proposed Revision Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities’ Arbitration Agreements The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued proposed revisions to arbitration agreement requirements for long-term care facilities.  These proposed revisions would help strengthen transparency in the arbitration process, …