Skilled Nursing News June 29, 2022
Amy Stulick

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Wednesday issued updated guidance for nursing home surveyors under the requirements of participation for Medicare and Medicaid, and in support of nursing home reform initiatives first unveiled in February.

One such update includes bolstering staffing levels by adding use of the Payroll Based Journal staffing data for inspections, the agency said in a memo.

CMS said this would help identify potential noncompliance with the agency’s staffing requirements, including the lack of a registered nurse for eight hours each day, or lack of licensed nursing 24 hours.

The agency is doubling down on its call to reduce room crowding at this point in the pandemic as well, with all the lessons learned...

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