Interdisciplinary team power needed for upcoming quality initiatives
Jul 07, 2022
Yesterday evening, one of our typical summer storms blew through Kentucky fast and furious. Unfortunately, I was heading home at the time as street lights went blank, tree limbs of all sizes blew in the...
Part-time option means more juggling for infection control staff
Jul 04, 2022
While nursing homes have had six years to prepare for new infection preventionist guidance, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services revealed last week they will not necessarily need to appoint someone...
With Phase 3 guidance nearing, skilled nursing providers advised ‘don’t wait’ on infection preventionist,...
Oct 22, 2021
Final, long-awaited guidance related to nursing home Requirements of Participation may soon be here. The rules were fundamentally rewritten and implemented in three phases starting in 2016 but still have...
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.
Trauma informed care: A regulatory overview and COVID-19 impact
Nov 19, 2020
If the past 12 months have been anything for those serving in long-term care, it has been traumatic. With that said, we have risen to the occasion.
It’s not just you: Everything’s hard about Phase 2 Requirements of Participation
James M. Berklan
May 23, 2018
An interesting phenomena occurred Tuesday when we asked providers for the toughest part of complying with Phase 2 provisions of the Requirements of Participation.
Tomorrow’s the day: Providers prepare for Phase 2 deadline
Nov 27, 2017
Despite efforts from provider groups and lawmakers to delay Phase 2 of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Requirements of Participation, the new survey process is expected to take effect...
Two dozen senators ask HHS for delay of requirements of participation
Oct 30, 2017
With just over one month to go before the regulations kick in, a group of senators has sent a letter to federal health officials asking for a delay of Phase 2 of the requirements of participation.
More than 100 lawmakers urge CMS to rethink long-term care requirements
Oct 13, 2017
More than 120 House Representatives have joined in signing a letter that asks the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to “re-evaluate” the requirements of participation for long-term care...