Once again November 28, 2017 brought new rules to long-term care facilities: an entirely new numbering system for survey deficiencies known as F-tags. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated the F-tags to correspond with the new regulatory sections implemented through the roll-outs of Phase I & II of the reform of requirements for long-term care facilities referred to as the ROP’s (Requirements of Participation) updating the Medicare/Medicaid conditions of participation. Looking past the numbers from 176 previous F-tags to 179, it is critical to be aware that in the restructuring of the regulation, some tags were combined, and some tags were split into multiple subparts. How does this affect your survey results? The number of F-tags where one or more deficiencies with scope-and-severity levels of F, H, I, J, K, or L equals substandard quality of care has increased.
Upon completion of this course, the successful learner will be able to:
- Understand the new numbering and the crosswalk from old to new F-tags
- Comprehend the scope and severity and how to understand the penalty grid
- Understand what scope implications fall under Food and Nutrition
Speaker: Barbara Thomsen, CDM, CFPP, RAC-CT, ICAC is a resident assessment coordinator and an adjunct instructor with more than 20 years of experience in healthcare, having worked in facilities, government roles, and in many national board positions. She has conducted numerous long-term care educational sessions across the country and currently is an Independent Health Care Consultant/Educator for ANFP as the Education & Regulatory Outreach Consultant.
Course login is valid for 1 year from date of purchase. No online course extensions will be granted. All online courses are non-refundable. CE credit will be given upon successful completion of all required areas of the course including the quiz and evaluation form.
This course is a level I continuing competence.
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