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News in Aging for December

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We’re keeping up on the latest news in the nutrition industry so that you can, too! There’s new research that suggests senior cohousing has significant benefits that help fight the senior loneliness epidemic.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) just released a Quality, Safety, and Oversight Letter (QSO 20-03-NH) which includes information on the new Phase III interpretive guidance.

In addition, CMS is strengthening its system to hold inspectors accountable under the State Performance Standards System (SPSS) for examining compliance with federal regulations by skilled nursing facilities (SNFs).

Lastly, we’re featuring our course on the code of ethics to help you earn your ethics credit. Sign up for the course today!

Future of Aging: Senior Cohousing as Antidote to the Loneliness Epidemic

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Most aging adults want to hold onto their independence for as long as possible, which is why many are hesitant about moving into retirement homes or assisted living communities. Senior cohousing is being studied for its multiple benefits for older adults.

CMS Quality, Safety, and Oversight Letter (QSO 20-03-NH)

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing updates and initiatives aligning with the CMS strategic initiative to Ensure Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes. These updates and initiatives include: Phase 3 Interpretive Guidance, Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Revision of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities: Arbitration Agreements; Actions to Improve Infection Prevention and Control in LTC Facilities; and Release of Toolkit 3, “Guide to Improving Nursing Home Employee Satisfaction”.

CMS to Toughen Oversight of State Inspections of SNFs

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CMS is strengthening its system to hold inspectors accountable under the State Performance Standards System (SPSS) for examining compliance with federal regulations by skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). Learn what this means for SNFs.

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