The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued several updates about its initiative to ensure safety and quality in nursing homes. Notably, CMS reports that updated interpretive guidance for Phase 3 of the Requirements for participation for long-term care facilities — effective Nov. 29 — will be released in the second quarter of 2020.
CMS notes that, as a result, its ability to survey for compliance with these requirements will be limited.
Also included in the new guidance are:
- Updated materials and information for a nursing home antibiotic stewardship program
- A toolkit to help improve employee satisfaction
- Additional information on requirements for the use of binding arbitration agreements