Long-Term Care

CMS releases pain management guidelines for nursing homes under F309

Contemporary Long-Term Care Weekly, April 16, 2009

Pain management is about to come under intense scrutiny with the release of new pain management guidance and investigative protocols under F309, Quality of Care.

The new guidance under F309, which was released and went into effect April 10, states that nursing facilities must assess and address pain in all residents, including the cognitively impaired. The guidance gives surveyors new direction to cite facilities that do not adequately manage pain with deficiencies.

Previously, nursing facilities were expected to address and manage pain, but nursing homes and surveyors did not have specific guidelines to do so, says Marilyn Mines, RN, BC, RAC-CT, manager of clinical services for FR&R Healthcare Consulting, Inc. in Deerfield, IL.

“Overall, in the industry, it’s been felt that pain has been ignored in the geriatric population, and hence, now we have a [survey] protocol that’s extremely complex,” Mines says.

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