Residents of Long Term Care Facilities may experience the benefits of improved health and safety, thanks to the recent implementation of new procedural safeguards.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General issued a data brief in April 2019 that analyzed trends in deficiencies at nursing homes. The data brief states that improvements are needed to ensure the health and safety of nursing home residents.
In 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued changes in Medicare Conditions of Participation that included an increased focus on compliance in Long Term Care facilities. This was the first time since 1991 that major revisions were made to the Final Rule.
The revisions that Long-Term Care facilities must follow in order to participate in Medicare programs can be found in their entirety through the Federal Register: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/04/2016-23503/medicare-and-medicaid-programs-reform-of-requirements-for-long-term-care-facilities
Here is a summary of some of the provisions addressed in the Final Rule:
To ensure compliance, Long Term Care Facilities should review all of the information included in the Changes in Rules of Participation.