CMS Releases 2016-2017 Nursing Home Action Plan
June 3, 2016 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) nursing home action plan for 2016 and 2017 outlines five "actionable strategies" to continue progress in improving nursing home safety and quality. The first strategy is to enhance consumer awareness and assistance. Efforts under this category relate to changes to the five-star quality rating system and staffing data. The second strategy is to strengthen survey processes, standards, and training. Areas of focus include surveyor guidance, survey and complaint investigation processes, surveyor training, infection control, Life Safety Code surveys, and state performance standards. The third strategy is to improve enforcement activities.