CMS to release safe food handling, nutrition guidance

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will release interpretive guidance on several regulations in coming months, regulatory experts noted at the American Health Care Association's annual conference Tuesday.

Among them: Safe Food Handling (F-371), Nutritional Parameters (F-325) and Adding Pain Management (F-309) could be published in November or December. Also, Infection Control (F-441) is expected next fall.

Meanwhile, AHCA is advocating for Congress to eliminate revisit user fees in an appropriations bill expected to be passed this month. The policy calls for facilities to incur fees when they receive a follow-up visit from a surveyor.