LeadingAge continues to create education and guidance to support member compliance with the long-awaited CMS surveyor guidance on phase 3 of the Requirements of Participation (RoPs). Check out a few of the new member resources:

  • RoPs Compliance Update: On August 2nd at 1 PM ET, LeadingAge Policy experts Jodi Eyigor and Janine Finck-Boyle host a live Virtual Update to help nursing home providers prepare to meet compliance requirements ahead of the October implementation date.
  • Admission, Transfer, and Discharge: This short QuickCast provides an overview of revisions related to nursing home requirements in the admission, transfer, and discharge section of the new surveyor guidance.
  • Abuse and Neglect: This QuickCast provides an overview of revisions related to nursing home resident health and safety in the Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation section of the new surveyor guidance.

Nursing Home RoPs guidance clarifications from CMS  
During the monthly “small call” that LeadingAge National has with CMS, CMS answered questions related to a few sections of the new RoPs guidance. 

  • F919 states that the resident call system should be accessible to residents lying on the floor. CMS clarified that this refers specifically to the call system in the toilet and shower/bathing facilities.  
  • New F895 relates to the requirement for a Compliance and Ethics program. Surveyors will begin surveying this requirement on October 24, 2022 and will generally be looking for a functioning compliance and ethics program at that time; however, if a related complaint occurred between RoPs 3 implementation (November 2019) and October 24 and investigation reveals that the nursing home did not have a compliance and ethics program at the time of the incident/complaint, the nursing home could be cited for past noncompliance. 
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Debra is LeadingAge Kansas’ President and CEO. She leads the overall affairs of the association, works closely with the Board of Directors, and is responsible for the implementation of the strategic plan, oversight of financial resources, and of course, inspiring and leading the team. Additionally, she’s the primary spokesperson for the association, the liaison to LeadingAge National, and serves as the President and CEO of the association’s sister organizations, the Foundation and Employee Benefits, Inc. Her commitment and passion for aging services stems out of her deep love for her grandparents. She finds that helping the association’s members make a difference in the lives of the people they serve and being part of an organization that is not content simply preserving the status quo, are her favorite parts of her job. Debra, her husband, and their dog love traveling the open road together in a tiny 5th wheel Scamp. You can contact her directly at 785.233.7443 ext. 111.