CHA News Article

CMS Issues Reminder on LTC Access and Visitation Rights

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a reminder to state survey agencies about access and visitation rights for residents for long-term care facilities (LTCs), including skilled-nursing facilities. The CMS memorandum reviews current interpretive guidelines that require that all individuals seeking to visit a resident be given full and equal visitation privileges, based on resident preference and within reasonable restrictions for resident safety. Residents must be notified of their rights to have visitors on a 24-hour basis, including but not limited to spouses (including same-sex spouses), domestic partners (including same-sex domestic partners), other family members and friends. 

A copy of the memorandum is attached.