The Use of Critical Element Pathways to Identify Noncompliance

On June 29, 2022, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released updates to the surveyor guidance in Appendix PP of the State Operations Manual. Highlights of the updates can be found in the AAPACN article “Appendix PP Revisions in the State Operations Manual: Breaking Down Key Changes,” which …

The Road to Compliance Starts with a Gap Analysis

On June 29, 2022, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released updates to the surveyor guidance in Appendix PP of the State Operations Manual. Some are minor technical updates, while others introduce entirely new guidance. Given the enormity of the updates, along with the other challenges facility leaders …

October 24 Survey Changes and How SNFs Can Prepare

In this podcast, Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, vice president of education and certification strategy for AAPACN, and Alexis Roam, MSN, RN-BC, DNS-CT, QCP, AAPACN curriculum development specialist, talk about the revised long-term care surveyor guidance that goes into effect Oct. 24, 2022, and how skilled nursing …

How—and Why—to Maximize Your Staff’s Communication Skills

This Oct. 24, surveyors will begin enforcing mandatory communication training requirements to ensure that direct-care staff can communicate effectively with residents under F-tag F941 (Communication Training) in Appendix PP of the State Operations Manual, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality, Safety, and Oversight memo QSO-22-19-NH. …

Appendix PP Revisions in the State Operations Manual: Breaking Down Key Changes

On June 29, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a major update to surveyor guidance via Quality, Safety and Oversight (QSO) memo QSO-22-19-NH to strengthen the implementation of the already-in-effect Phases 2 and 3 of the 2016 Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities, as well as …