Nursing homes are going to be held to a higher standard because under new federal rules they’ll retain a requirement to conduct annual reviews of their emergency programs, despite the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently easing requirements for other providers. 

The agency will allow other  Medicare and Medicaid providers to review their emergency programs and conduct emergency training every two years under the newly-proposed Omnibus Burden Reduction final rule.

Administrator Seema Verma said retaining the requirements for nursing homes is necessary because of their “unique patient and safety needs.”

The rule is aimed at reducing provider burden — at least those given a reprieve in this instance — and advances the agency’s “Patients over Paperwork” initiative, Verma said.