Once again Nov. 28, 2017 brings new rules to LTC 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, we need 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.
- 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 is a certified dietary manager, resident assessment coordinator with over 20 years of experience in healthcare, having worked in Facilities, Government, current Adjunct Instructor and held 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 working with ANFP as their Education & Regulatory Outreach Consultant.
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