Article from McKnight’s

Organizers of the first national meeting of the new American Association of Directors of Nursing Services timed their event just right. On Thursday, members became the first group of long-term care providers to learn of a new survey process that will start next year as a consequence of the new federal nursing home participation rule that was released late Wednesday.

The survey announcement came during a presentation from a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services official that clearly surprised the crowd of nurses attending the Baltimore event.

The 713-page rule will have three phases, explained Evan Shulman, CMS Deputy Director in the Division of Nursing Homes, Survey and Certification Group. The new survey process will start with the second phase.

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