Regulatory

Regulations, Legislation, and Advocacy


December 2015
Administration Releases Final Report for 2015 Conference on Aging


September 2015
FMDA and FSU College of Medicine Sponsor High-Level Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Forums


August 2015
Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Reform of Requirements for Long‐Term Care Facilities


August 2015
Requirement for supplemental Medical Director training


August 2015
Use of Antipsychotics in Older Adults in the Inpatient Hospital setting


February 2015
FMDA Proposed Bylaws Amendments


January 2015
FMDA Resolution for AMDA’s HoD


May 2014
The State of Aging and Health in America: 2013


April 2014
CMS Update: Focused Minimum Data Set (MDS) and Dementia Care Surveys


April 2014
Long-Term Care Services in the United States: 2013 Overview


April 2014
Dementia Care: The Quality Chasm


December 2013
Statewide Medicaid Managed Care (SMMC) and Managed Medical Assistance (MMA) Webinar PPT presented December 10, 2013


October 2013
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in Nursing Homes


November 2012
Florida Medical Directors Association Announces 3rd Annual Call for Presentations for Best Care Practices 2013


November 2012
National Leaders Enthuse Attendees at �Best Care Practices in the Post-Acute & Long-Term Care Continuum 2012�


November 2012
Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Form


January 2012 HB 7095: Pill Mill Bill


Medicare Program; Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2011: Part One and Part Two


August 29, 2010
AMDA Comments on DEA Notice


August 2010
Prescribing controlled substances in long-term care: Tips for practicing clinicians on the go


March 12, 2010
ESA Medication Guide Enforcement


FDA Drug Safety Communication: Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agents (ESAs): Procrit, Epogen and Aranesp


August 10, 2009
Interim Infection Control for Care of Patients with Confirmed or Suspected Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Infection in a Healthcare Setting


August 10, 2009
Recommended Changes in Infection Control Precautions for Care of Patients with Confirmed or Suspected Novel Influenza A H1N1 in the Healthcare Setting


New Medicare Nursing Home Guidance to Include Quality of Life and Environment Requirements


Supervision Data Form for Physician Assistants


Medicare Launches Outreach Effort to Help Beneficiaries with New Program that Lowers Costs for Durable Medical Equipment


CMS Durable Medical Equipment Alert


April 11, 2008
Nursing Facility Services (Codes 99304 - 99318)


April 2008
Florida State Legislative Update


Medication Pass Clarification for Surveying F Tags 332 and 333 During Nursing Home Surveys


Potentially Harmful Drugs in the Elderly


March 13, 2007
Aspen State Regulation Set: N 2.07 Nursing Home Licensure


November 2006
The Newly Revised F-Tag 315 and Surveyor Guidance for Urinary Incontinence in Long Term Care; Theodore M. Johnson, II, MD, MPH, CMD, and Joseph G. Ouslander, MD, CMD. JAMDA


The New F-Tag 315, November 2006, Deborah Lekan-Rutledge. JAMDA


64B8-9.014. Standards for Telemedicine Prescribing Practice


January 16, 2006
Nursing Facility Services (Codes 99304 - 99318): Supervision


January 16, 2006
Nursing Facility Services (Codes 99304 - 99318)


January 6, 2006
Nursing Facility Services (Codes 99304 - 99318)


August 17, 2005
Non-Physician Practitioner (NPP) Questions and Answers


July 8, 2004
Addendum I to S&C Letter 04-24 on the Care for Residents of Long-Term Care (LTC) Facilities Who Receive End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Services


2004 CMS Request for Comment on Medical Director and Quality Assurance F tag Guidance


Advance copy of new surveyor guidance for determining nursing facilities� compliance with requirements at F501, Medical Director


AARP Public Policy Institute Publications


FMDA Joins Coalition of Health Care Provider Organizations to Promote Responsible Medicaid Reform


December 31, 2004
Senior Health Choices: A Managed, Integrated Long Term Care Plan


November 2003
Non-Physician Practitioner Questions and Answers


November 13, 2003
Physician Delegation of Tasks in Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) and Nursing Facilities (NFs)


April 10, 2003
Physician delegation of tasks in Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) and Nursing Facilities (NFs)



UPDATES



Advance copy of new surveyor guidance for determining nursing facilities� compliance with requirements at F501, Medical Director


On June 9th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued to state survey agency directors the advance copy of new surveyor guidance for determining nursing facilities� compliance with requirements at F501, Medical Director. The new guidance, which is now available on CMS� web site, includes Interpretive Guidelines, an Investigative Protocol, and Severity guidance for assigning severity levels for deficiencies cited at F501. The regulation at F501 has not changed.


CMS will issue the final guidance in November 2005. According to CMS� cover memo, the intervening time period is intended �to allow surveyors to be trained in the new guidance and to permit facilities and medical directors to study the significantly revised and expanded guidance.� Changes in the content are not expected when CMS issues the final document.


ACHA key staff and subcommittee members are reviewing the guidance. In subsequent communications, we will provide additional information such as the content and significance of the guidance, as well as information and materials to help facilities understand and prepare for implementation.


The guidance also may be accessed as a Word Document by clicking here.



The AARP Public Policy Institute is pleased to make available a set of five publications on facts about the Medicaid program and the people it helps, by Lynda Flowers, Mary Jo Gibson, Wendy Fox-Grage, and Ari Houser.


For more information about Medicaid long-term care, please contact Mary Jo Gibson at (202) 434-3896. For more information about other Medicaid publications, please contact Lynda Flowers at (202) 434-3889. Original copies of all are available by request at ppi@aarp.org or calling (202) 434-3890.


Created in 1965, Medicaid is a federal and state-funded program that most people think of as simply a health insurance program for low-income Americans. Today, Medicaid is the largest public or private health insurance program in the United States; this year, 53 million people are expected to be enrolled. Medicaid covers two-thirds of nursing home residents, one in five persons under age 65 with chronic disabilities (including about 70% of poor children), one-third of all births, and half of spending for states' mental health services.


There are many myths about the program, about what it covers, and the people it helps, including the misconception that most Medicaid beneficiaries are on welfare. This set of five documents aims to shed additional light on the Medicaid program - today's safety net for those who are unable to pay for their health and long-term care.


1. "SIX THINGS THAT YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT THE MEDICAID PROGRAM," April 2005 (FS#113, 3 pages) - This Fact Sheet provides key facts about the Medicaid program that demonstrate why the program is such an important part of the nation's health care system.


2. "MYTHS ABOUT THE MEDICAID PROGRAM AND THE PEOPLE IT HELPS," April 2005 (FS#115, 4 pages) - This Fact Sheet provides the real facts surrounding nine common myths concerning Medicaid eligibility, services, and beneficiaries.


3. "MEDICAID OPTIONAL ELIGIBILITY AND SERVICES: OPTIONS THAT AREN'T REALLY OPTIONS," April 2005 (DD#115, 5 pages) - This Data Digest describes the role of "optional" categories in providing acute care services through the Medicaid program, and provides examples of how individuals and families benefit from such optional eligibility and/or optional services.


4. "SLICING THE LONG-TERM CARE SAFETY NET: MEDICAID'S MOST VULNERABLE AT RISK," April 2005 (DD#116, 4 pages) - This Data Digest looks at the role of "optional" Medicaid categories in providing long-term care services for older people and those with disabilities lacking sufficient resources to afford these services themselves.


5. "THE FACES OF MEDICAID LONG-TERM CARE BENEFICIARIES," April 2005 (FS#114, 2 pages) - This Fact Sheet uses vignettes to give examples of common situations faced by Medicaid beneficiaries who receive long-term care services including nursing facilities, personal care, and HCBS waiver services.


To view other publications on topics of importance to midlife and older Americans, please visit our webpage at aarp.org/ppi Copies of all publications are available by request at ppi@aarp.org or by calling (202) 434-3840.


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