Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Regulatory World in 2016: Top 4 Crystal Ball Predictions

Lyn Bentley, MSW

Before heading out for the holidays, make a note of our top four regulatory predictions for 2016 and what you and your team can do to prepare.

1) Adoption of the updated Requirements of Participation.

2) Final adoption of the 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code: One of the biggest changes related to inspection, testing and maintenance of fire safety systems.
  • AHCA will provide additional information for members after the final rule is issued.

3) Final adoption of the Emergency Preparedness rule.

4) Expect to see focused surveys: MDS and Staffing-focused survey; Dementia Care-focused Survey; and Adverse Events – focused survey.
  • Make sure you have a system to: 1) ensure MDS’s are completed and submitted on time; 2) care plans are consistent with the current MDS for each individual; 3) your center has all posted nurse staffing data retained for 18 months.
  • Review the dementia care-focused surveyor checklist that CMS recently posted.
  • Be prepared for an adverse-events focused survey. Use the CMS Trigger Tool, attached to this CMS memo

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