New rules set for dialysis in nursing homes

A long-anticipated set of rules on how dialysis providers can provide treatments to patients living in skilled nursing facilities and nursing homes was released by CMS on Aug. 10 as part of an update to guidelines used by Medicare surveyors to inspect dialysis facilities, according to Healio.

Revisions to the State Operations Manual were released to state survey agencies by David Wright, the director of the Quality, Safety and Oversight Group at CMS, and are effective immediately with no further changes. In addition to the nursing home guidelines, the revisions cover basic requirements for operating a dialysis facility, including definitions of modality types, guidelines for establishing a home dialysis training center, addition of stations, expansion of services and temporary closures; infection control considerations; and rules regarding medical director waiver considerations.

The nursing home requirements set definitions along with education and training requirements for staff providing dialysis care and are “to ensure that an ESRD facility, providing home dialysis services to a nursing home resident under a written agreement with the resident’s nursing home, maintains direct responsibility for the dialysis related care and services provided to the nursing home resident(s) consistent with the ESRD Conditions for Coverage (CfC) requirements as well as the terms of an applicable agreement with the nursing home,” CMS wrote.

For the full set of rules, visit Healio

Topics: Regulatory Compliance , Uncategorized