LeadingAge Iowa is a statewide membership organization of non-profit providers of aging services and supports and the champion for advancement and innovation in aging services. Our mission is to be the voice, support and connector for non-profit members and the people they serve. Our membership is diverse, representing the spectrum of non-profit long-term support and service providers including skilled nursing, assisted and independent living, PACE, home health, adult day, respite, hospice and home delivered meals.  Our members serve over 25,000 older adults in Iowa each day.

Phase 3 Interpretive Guidance Will Not Be Available by November 28

Evan Shulman, national Director of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Division of Nursing Homes, offered a Regulatory Update during last week’s LeadingAge national conference in San Diego. 

Shulman noted that the Consumer Alert Icon is now live on Nursing Home Compare. The icon calls attention to nursing homes that have received citations relating to abuse. Shulman defended the agency’s policy, indicating that it offers consumers important information and that it affects just 5 percent of nursing homes nationally.  In response to questioning about the appropriateness of the symbol CMS has chosen to use, he said it is time to “stop debating the icon” and to focus on work that prevents abuse from occurring.

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CMS Adds Abuse Consumer Alert Icon to Nursing Home Compare

On October 7, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it will begin issuing a Consumer Alert Icon on the Nursing Home Compare website to identify nursing homes with instances of non-compliance related to abuse, neglect and exploitation and will cap the Health Inspections rating under the Five-Star Quality Rating System at two stars for facilities that receive the icon shown below: 

 

Beginning October 23, 2019, the icon was added to Nursing Home Compare to flag facilities that meet one or both of the following criteria:

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