CHA News Article

CMS Issues Guidance for Skilled-Nursing Facility Regulations
For SNF directors, infection control specialists, compliance officers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued several updates about its initiative to ensure safety and quality in nursing homes. Notably, CMS reports that updated interpretive guidance for Phase 3 of the Requirements for participation for long-term care facilities — effective Nov. 29 — will be released in the second quarter of 2020.  

CMS notes that, as a result, its ability to survey for compliance with these requirements will be limited.

Also included in the new guidance are:

  • Updated materials and information for a nursing home antibiotic stewardship program
  • A toolkit to help improve employee satisfaction
  • Additional information on requirements for the use of binding arbitration agreements 

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