In August, CMS released a proposed rule to make major changes to
improve the care and safety of residents in long-term care facilities and
nursing homes. The rule, Medicare and
Medicaid Programs: Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities, adds
new requirements and reorganizes other existing regulations impacting long-term
care (LTC) facilities. This rule would
bring current best practices all facilities that participate in Medicare or
Medicaid and implement a number of important safeguards that have been
identified by patient advocates and other stakeholders, and include additional
protections required by the Affordable Care Act.
In its proposed rule, CMS identified ostomates as a patient
population that require additional safeguards, but offered little guidance to
facilities on how best to treat this patient population. The WOCN Society responded to CMS with suggestions on how
to meet the needs of these patients included providing them with access to a
Certified WOC Nurse.
The WOCN Society’s comments to
CMS can be found here >>
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