Comments sought on draft compliance guidance
The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General has recently released the new draft compliance guidance for nursing homes.
The draft is the latest update to the compliance program guidance, which was originally published in 2000. It takes into consideration much of the feedback the agency received from the nursing home industry this last January, according to HHS officials. Similarly, the new draft will be open for comments until June 2. It is currently available for comment on the OIG Web site.
The final version, which is due to be released some time this fall, "will provide voluntary guidelines to assist nursing facilities in identifying significant risk areas and in evaluating and, as necessary, refining ongoing compliance efforts," according to the draft.
To view the draft, go to http://www.oig.hhs.gov/fraud/docs/complianceguidance/NurseCPGIIFR.pdf.