Long-Term Care

CMS releases updates to quality of life F-tags

Contemporary Long-Term Care Weekly, June 18, 2009

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released several revisions to its Quality of Life F-tags. The revisions under the State Operations Manual, Appendix PP, Guidance for Surveyors went into effect on June 12.

 The following F-tags were revised: 

  • F172 Access and Visitation Rights 
  • F175 Married Couples
  • F241 Dignity
  • F242 Self-Determination and Participation
  • F246 Accommodation of Needs
  • F247 Notice Before Room or Roommate Change
  • F252 Safe, Clean, Comfortable and Homelike Environment
  • F256 Adequate and Comfortable Lighting
  • F371 Sanitary Conditions
  • F461 Resident Rooms
  • F463 Resident Call System

In addition to the revisions, CMS deleted F255, Private Closet Space, and moved the regulatory language to F461, Resident Rooms.

CMS’ Transmittal 48 provides a detailed account of the changes.

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