Skilled Nursing News June 21, 2024
Zahida Siddiqi

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its first enforcement guidance for the minimum staffing mandate, which will allow surveyors to assess nursing home compliance using facility assessments, although experts said little clarity was offered on key points of the provision.

The provision on facility assessments was issued in Tuesday’s Quality Safety & Oversight (QSO) memo, and will take effect by August 8, 2024. It will mark the first provision related to the staffing mandate to be implemented. The other stipulations of the final staffing rule are due to take effect over the next two to five years, depending on the rural versus urban designations of facilities.

Facility assessments lay out how facilities assess and allocate resources to...

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