CMS Survey and Certification Letters Released between 2009 and 2011

CMS continues to post Survey and Certification Guidance letters that provide clarification in a number of areas. Since 2009, four letters have been released, with the most recent letter released on 7/29/11. These letters include:

• Clarification of Protection of Client’s Rights at 42 CFR §483.420(a)(4) – Ensure Right to Manage Financial Affairs

• Clarification of Self-Administration of Medications at 42 CFR §483.460(k)(4) – Intermediate Care Facilities for the Mentally Retarded (ICFs/MR)

• Clarification of Reporting Mistreatment, Neglect and Abuse and Injuries of Unknown Source at 42 CFR § 483.420(d)(2) –Intermediate Care Facilities for the Mentally Retarded (ICFs/MR)

• The Use of Video Cameras in Common Areas in Intermediate Care Facilities for the Mentally Retarded (ICFs/MR)

Please click on the link to download a file containing all four letters.

These letters have been developed and reviewed over the past few years, and represent needed clarification for the ICF/MR provider community. As further guidance is developed and released, H&W will be posting additional information on this important topic.

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