F600: CMS Puts Abuse Responsibility Squarely on Facility Staff

By Caralyn Davis, Staff Writer - July 26, 2017

F600 (Free From Abuse and Neglect) is the first of 10 F-tags that will address §483.12 (Freedom From Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation) in the Code of Federal Regulations for the new survey process that rolls out Nov. 28, 2017. The revised interpretive guidance in the advance copy of Appendix PP, “Guidance to Surveyors for Long-term Care Facilities,” in the State Operations Manual makes two critical clarifications around abuse regulations, say officials with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) during the video Freedom From Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation: