Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

CMS Website for all changes can be accessed here. For your convenience, we have added links to most requested documents below.

 CMS Quality, Safety, and Oversight Letter (QSO 20-03-NH)
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 State Operations Manual (SOM) Appendix PP

List of Revised Tag Numbers (7/14/17)

Cross Walk of F Tag Numbers effective 11/28/17

CMS Critical Element Pathways (updated 9/28/18):

Facility Assessment Tool 
CMS Requirement §483.70(e): Nursing facilities will conduct, document, and annually review a facility-wide assessment, which includes both their resident population and the resources the facility needs to care for their residents.

Five-Star Quality Rating

Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing Program (SNF VBP)

Emergency Preparedness


Joint Commission Standards

For information about The Joint Commission standards for hospitals or nursing facilities, visit their webpage.

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