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HHS OCR Issues Guidelines for Long-Term Care Facilities

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HHS OCR Issues Guidelines for Long-Term Care Facilities

July 11, 2016
In guidance dated May 20, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) laid out new guidelines to assist long term care facilities - specifically nursing homes - in complying with regulations issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that require facilities which are Medicare and/or Medicaid-certified to ensure their residents receive services in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs. The guidance notes that failing to adhere to the Minimum Data Set (MDS) may place a facility's reimbursements in jeopardy. 
 
The guidance emphasizes the importance of a good working relationship between facilities and local agencies, the proper administration of relevant sections of the MDS, and ongoing policy review and training.