CMS leader mum on staffing mandate, delivers ‘back to basics’ message
James M. Berklan
Nov 08, 2023
A CMS leader steered clear of staffing mandate talk but highlighted a nursing home workforce campaign, renewed survey priorities, discharge processes and much more Tuesday.
CMS says final hours requirement still undecided on looming staffing rule
Feb 23, 2023
Federal officials are still trying to determine just how many minutes or hours a day it takes for direct care staff to perform tasks key to nursing home quality, a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services...
Some providers dubious as return to pre-COVID ‘normal’ gets official OK
Oct 07, 2022
Providers are still clamoring for answers about how to best comply with a series of new rules and recommendations issued by federal regulators over the last two weeks, officials acknowledged during a nursing...
Providers must take more nuanced approach to visitors, CMS nursing home chief warns
Oct 13, 2021
OXON HILL, MD — Federal regulators are expecting nursing homes to do more to “maximize visitation,” according to a top official at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
CMS provides glimpse into potential vaccine mandate enforcement
Aug 26, 2021
Providers who fail to quickly comply with a forthcoming federal staff vaccine mandate likely won’t be stripped immediately of their Medicare and Medicaid program eligibility, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...
CMS: Educate, vaccinate and be ready to prove it
May 14, 2021
Nursing home operators must be ready to prove they provided education and offered both residents and staff the COVID-19 vaccine once enforcement of a new interim rule begins next month.
CMS: Visitation restrictions must remain; prepare for return of less-collaborative surveys
Feb 12, 2021
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is not ready to update nursing home visitation guidance, despite a significant drop in COVID-19 cases following widespread resident vaccinations, a top official...
Regular surveys resume at nursing homes, but CMS treads carefully with enforcement penalties
Nov 20, 2020
State survey agencies have already begun to resume regular survey activities at nursing homes across the country, according to a top Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services official.
CMS issues formal alert on how nursing homes should manage Thanksgiving visits
Nov 18, 2020
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services confirmed that it will be issuing an alert for providers on how they should manage residents and workers who may want to visit loved ones during the Thanksgiving...
CMS on holidays: No get-togethers, full guidance may be forthcoming
Nov 06, 2020
Lest you think Thanksgiving will be a time to soften some COVID-19 restrictions for residents, think again.