CMS updates manual to reflect F-Tag guidance dating back to 2003

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has revised the manual that long-term care facility surveyors refer to, updating interpretive guidelines related to F-Tags.

The changes to Appendix PP of the State Operations Manual reflect information contained in Survey & Certification policy memos originally issued between October 2003 and May 2014, according to an advance guidance document released July 3.

Among the 20 F-Tags with updated guidelines are F-208 (Admission Policy), F-371(Sanitary Conditions) and F-441 (Infection Control).

The F-371 changes are among the most recent, dating to a May memo regarding preparation of eggs. This stated that all parts of the egg should be cooked until “completely firm.”

Click here to access the advance copy of the updated SOM. It is effective immediately, but the final version — to be published online — might differ slightly, according to CMS.

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