CMS reminds providers about new survey appeals process


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently reminded state survey agency directors that it no longer will accept appeals through the U.S. mail from providers that disagree with actions imposed on their facilities.

CMS adds appeals process in final nursing home-closure rule


Long-term care facilities will have to notify the federal government, state survey agencies, state long-term care ombudsmen, residents and residents' legal representatives at least 60 days in advance of any closure, under a final rule issued Friday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The facilities will also have to provide a relocation plan for residents.