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CMS released proposed rules revising requirements for long-term care (LTC) facilities in July, marking the first substantial change to the CoPs since 1991.
These rules would have to be followed by any LTC facility that accepts Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement. They were drafted to improve patient safety and quality of care for LTC residents and to align with current clinical practice standards. This would impact more than 1.5 million residents in more than 15,000 nursing homes or LTC facilities. Given the significance of these proposed changes, long-term care facilities should immediately focus on their review and how to implement the changes.
The changes include:
The proposed changes are published in the July 16, 2015 Federal Register and you can read them here.