There’s a glaring hole in the proposed federal staffing mandate, and no, I’m not talking about that same blackhole that’s apparently sucked in 190,000 skilled nursing workers with no sign of spitting...
CMS doubles down: Surveyors do not have to be COVID vaccinated
James M. Berklan
Jul 07, 2022
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has held audiences with skilled nursing providers, made presentations and entertained comments in recent months to assure operators that regulatory actions...
CMS releases updated Phase 3 guidance
Jun 29, 2022
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Wednesday released updated guidance for nursing home surveyors as part of the Phase 2 and 3 Requirements of Participation.
CMS no longer requiring surveyors to be fully vaccinated in order to inspect facilities
Jun 17, 2022
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has rescinded guidance that says surveyors who are not fully vaccinated shouldn’t participate on the onsite survey team when inspecting certified providers.
CMS warns states: Survey fully or suffer consequences
Feb 10, 2022
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Wednesday sternly warned state survey agencies they must enforce all aspects of the federal program’s health and safety requirements by long-standing agreement.
Something’s got to give…
Neville M. Bilimoria
Dec 01, 2021
I read recently that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is back at it again. Instead of reasonably mandating surveyors be vaccinated, just as CMS has required nursing homes to be vaccinated,...
Providers press CMS on COVID-19 vaccination for surveyors
Nov 16, 2021
Updated nursing home COVID-19 visitation guidance issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services was widely welcomed by long-term care providers Monday, but stakeholders are still seeking more...
CMS edicts bring tougher survey conditions to nursing homes
Nov 15, 2021
More oversight is coming for nursing home providers after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services directed surveyors to take a more critical look at nurse competency and residents’ quality of care...
Federal court opens door for nursing homes to challenge Medicare, Medicaid rules
Apr 30, 2021
Providers may challenge rules and regulations established by federal agencies that they believe violate the Medicare and Medicaid Acts, thanks to a ruling this week by a federal court.
Fears become reality? Surveyor may have exposed residents, staff to COVID-19
Apr 19, 2021
Provider concerns about surveyors potentially spreading COVID-19 throughout facilities due to a lack of required testing before entering may be justified after a report that a health department employee...