CMS to release eating assistant, accidents F-tags by fall

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is planning to release two new regulations in coming months.

Regulations for eating assistant (F-tag 373) and accidents (F-tag 323 and 324) were due out this spring. But CMS said it is now planning to complete them by early fall.

Also, guidance on sanitary and nutrition regulations (F-tags 325 and 371) are expected by the end of this year, said Cynthia Graunke of CMS. A regulation for pain management is also on its way, but it may not be out by the end of the year, officials say.

For more information, see the 2007 Action Plan (for further improvement of) Nursing Home quality at http://www.cms.hhs.gov.