Wednesday, June 28, 2017

ROP: Interpretive Guidance & CMS Training

Sara Rudow 
AHCA Director of Regulatory Services

November 28 marks the implementation of Phase 2 of the long-term care Requirements of Participation (RoP). This Phase will focus on priorities such as the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) Plan, antibiotic stewardship, behavioral health services, and more. The new long-term care survey process will also go into effect nationally in November.

In slides released recently here, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provide centers more information about the new survey process, the interpretive guidance (IG) and related surveyor training. CMS is in the process of updating information for Appendices P and PP as final IGs are approved and anticipates it will release the final IGs for Phases 1 and 2 within the next 4-6 weeks. This will include the release of new F-tags tied to the new requirements.

Beginning in July and continuing through the fall, the CMS Regional Office will make surveyor training materials, including webinar content, videos on IG topics, and access to new survey forms and other materials available to providers and the public. CMS anticipates releasing these materials in August, and plans to hold national provider calls, including opportunities for Q&A, this summer.

AHCA will continue to share updates on the IGs and post CMS training materials as they become available. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Rudow at srudow@ahca.org

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