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CMS Interpretive Guideline Changes on Use of Feeding Tubes

Yesterday, CMS sent a new transmittal to the state survey agencies on the use of feeding tubes in nursing homes.

In short, F321 has been combined into F322 and according the CMS the changes were made to provide nursing home surveyors with guidance to determine compliance with use of feeding tubes by nursing homes.  The revision is effective on November 30, 2011.

We will be providing a more detailed analysis of the changes in the next couple of days.  For now, here is the link to transmittal:


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CMS Revises Nurse Aide Training Requirements

CMS recently published a Survey & Certification Memorandum (S&C:11-35-NH) detailing progress in the implementation of Section 6121 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Section 6121 of the ACA mandates enhanced nurse aide training in nursing homes.  The enhanced training focuses on two areas: 1) how to care for residents with dementia, and 2) how to prevent resident abuse.  CMS states the interpretative guidelines for tag F497 have been revised to include the inclusion of the two focus areas for nurse aide training.    Continue Reading →

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