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Monday, July 6, 2009

Important F-Tag Updates

Activities directors, caregivers, and healthcare professionals, Contemporary Long-Term Care Weekly has alerted you to the

Quality of life F-tags have recently been updated. We have included
the revisions below and a link for your viewing. Be sure your facility is up
to date on the changes.

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, 2009.

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.

Go to the link below & once there click on the

CMS'Tramsmittal 48 It will open up as a html (pdf) file

Here is a great dementia resource for caregivers and healthcare professinals,

Here is information on being the best caregiver you can be

Here are more interesting dementia articles and activities,

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