SOM

It's not just you: Everything's hard about Phase 2 Requirements of Participation

It's not just you: Everything's hard about Phase 2 Requirements of Participation

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An interesting phenomena occurred Tuesday when we asked providers for the toughest part of complying with Phase 2 provisions of the Requirements of Participation.

A former surveyor tells THE key to getting good star ratings

A former surveyor tells THE key to getting good star ratings

Until the State Operations Manual becomes the quintessential tool for regulatory compliance, a 5-star rating will be out of reach for skilled nursing providers. It's as simple as that.

CMS updates operations manual and F-tags for facility closures

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released its operations manual updates, including new F-tags for facility closures last week. The updates include amendments to Appendix PP of the SOM, with revisions to tags F203 and F204. Additional tags, F523 and F524, were also added.

Court throws out Immediate Jeopardy citation for undercooked eggs, repudiates interpretation of 'ambiguous' regulation

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A Texas nursing home recently won a legal battle challenging an Immediate Jeopardy citation for serving undercooked eggs to residents.