CMS letter

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is asking nursing homes for feedback on a number of different healthcare reforms that are expected to take effect soon.

In a letter sent last week to nursing homes, CMS asked stakeholders to “comment, make suggestions, or express concerns about any of the areas for which the Survey & Certification Group has full or partial responsibility.” The letter included several examples of areas of the healthcare reform legislation that affect nursing homes, including: disclosure of ownership, ethics and compliance programs, the Nursing Home Compare website, the national nurse aide registry and a national program for background checks on long-term care employees.

Because of the time-sensitive nature of some of the reform measures, CMS has requested that feedback be sent by May 5. See the letter attached for more information.