Behavioral Health and Pharmacy Services: What the Mega-Rule Requires

By Caralyn Davis, Staff Writer - December 08, 2016

Nursing homes are chomping at the bit for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to release new interpretive guidance for surveyors in Appendix PP of the State Operations Manual to correspond with the Oct. 4, 2016, final rule updating the Medicare/Medicaid conditions of participation (CoPs) for long-term care facilities, aka the mega-rule. However, that interpretive or subregulatory guidance isn’t showing up anytime soon, said CMS officials during the Dec. 6 National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care and QAPI Call.