CMS Updates LTC Regulations, Survey Process and Training FAQ Document

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare®

CMS posted an updated FAQ document on February 6, 2018. The 25-page document identifies January 26, 2018 as the date.

“This Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) document contains questions and answers about Long Term Care (LTC) regulations, the survey process, technical questions, and other related LTC areas. Newly added questions and answers are in red font and older questions and answers are in black font.

The Table of Contents (TOC) contains direct links to the various sections of this FAQ document. Also, there is a direct link back to the TOC at the bottom of each page starting on page 1. The direct link to the TOC is only accessible in the PDF format due to the link being in the footer of the document.

This FAQ document will be updated frequently and will be posted on the LTC Final Rule webpage.”

New items can be found in these sections of the FAQ document:

  • Resident Rights
  • Freedom from Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation
  • Admission, Transfer and Discharge
  • Comprehensive Resident Centered Care Plans
  • Pharmacy Services
  • Facility Entrance (Survey)
  • Several questions from surveyors regarding the survey process and their certification course

This document is a must-read for the LTC Interdisciplinary Team involved in the survey process in your facility! The CMS website where all things survey-related are posted is also worthy of bookmarking and checking frequently for updates.