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Nov. 28, 2017, marks the implementation of some significant changes in how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expects nursing homes to operate—and in the survey process that state surveyors will use to assess those operations. CMS survey-and-certification memo S&C: 17-36-NH gives providers critical information about how to prepare for these changes that are required under Phase 2 of the roll-out of the Reform of Requirements for Long-term Care Facilities (aka Mega-Rule) updating the Medicare/Medicaid conditions of participation. This information includes an advance copy of 696 pages of revisions to the F-tags and the Interpretive Guidance in Appendix PP, “Guidance to Surveyors of Long-term Care Facilities,” of the State Operations Manual. Providers should note that the Appendix PP revisions include new subregulatory guidance for multiple F-tags, not just the Phase 2 regulatory changes.
Here’s a summary of critical news—and what’s still to come:
The Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Review and Correct reports are now available on demand in the CMS Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reporting (CASPER) application. Providers can access these reports by selecting the CASPER Reporting link on the “Welcome to the CMS QIES Systems for Providers” webpage. NOTE: You must log into the CMS Network using your CMSNet user ID and password in order to access the “Welcome to the CMS QIES Systems for Providers” webpage.
Rates of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) dropped by 54 percent across more than 400 long-term care facilities that participated in a patient safety project funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. The project adapted AHRQ's Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) for use in long-term care facilities. Data from nursing homes in 38 states were included in the new analysis.
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