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Hundreds of pages of new or revised interpretive guidance for surveyors will go into effect on Nov. 28, 2017, in conjunction with the Phase 2 roll-out of the Reform of Requirements for Long-term Care Facilities and the implementation of the new survey process. The interpretive guidance can be found in the advance copy of Appendix PP, “Guidance to Surveyors for Long-term Care Facilities,” of the State Operations Manual. Officials with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took providers on a “greatest hits” tour of important changes to Appendix PP during the July 25 MLN National Provider Call on the Revised Interpretive Guidance for Nursing Homes and New Survey Process. (Access the call slides, as well as the transcription and recording when available, here.)
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