Access and Visitation Rights

July 2, 2013


Per latest posting from CMS on 6/28/2013

This memorandum reviews current interpretive guidelines for F-Tag 172, reiterating resident rights surrounding access and visitation.

Facility Obligations: LTC facilities must ensure that all individuals seeking to visit a resident be given full and equal visitation privileges, consistent with resident preference and within reasonable restrictions that safeguard residents.

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CMS will be posting on the Five-Star Quality Rating System

July 1, 2013


CMS will be posting on the Five-Star Quality Rating System page of the CMS.gov website the results of an analysis that examined trends in the first three years of the Five-Star Quality Rating System.

The report was to be available on June 28, 2013. The report will be available under the downloads section of the web page available here:

CMS will be posting on the Five-Star Quality Rating System Attachment for CMS will be posting on the Five-Star Quality Rating System

News from PADONA

June 9, 2013


This memo conveys clarification to Appendices P and PP related to nursing home residents with dementia (F309) and unnecessary drug use (F329) in the State Operations Manual.

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CMS Announcement

June 9, 2013


CMS is pleased to announce the rollout of introductory materials to help nursing homes establish a foundation to implement and sustain QAPI. These materials are now available to the public through the CMS QAPI website.

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Provider Bulletin from DOH

December 3, 2012


View the latest Provider Bulletin from DOH on Decreasing Antipsychotic Medications

Provider Bulletin from DOH

CMS Medication Errors and Pharmacy Services 11/2/12

November 19, 2012


CMS provided clarification on three specific topics related to medication errors and pharmacy services:

Medication Errors: Potential medication errors related to medication administration via feeding tube and administration timing for metered dose inhalers and proton pump inhibitors and survey implications.

Medication Administration Practices: The practice of "borrowing" medications and issues related to diversion, control, reconciliation and disposal of medications, including fentanyl patches.

Medication Regimen Reviews for Stays under 30 days and/or Changes in Condition: The need for pharmacist medication regimen reviews when a resident experiences a change in condition and/or for residents admitted for less than 30 days.

CMS Medication Errors and Pharmacy Services 11/2/12

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