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H&W Interpretive Guidance Change Summary Now Available

The H&W 2015 IG Change Summary was developed by H&W Independent Solutions as a detailed analysis of the changes made to the Interpretive Guidelines (IG) for Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IIDs). This new guidance is contained in Appendix J to the State Operations Manual (SOM), published April 27, 2015.

This change is the first update to the IG in several years. It is very comprehensive in that the guidance for almost all regulations has been modified to some extent, through either modification of the language, removal of language or addition of new language. Significantly, all the Compliance Principles, Probes and Facility Practice statements have been removed from Appendix J and a new Exhibit 355 attached to the SOM has been created.

The new CMS IG and Exhibit 355 contain nearly 200 pages of information. Less than 10% of the W-tags remained the same, with changes in either interpretive guidance, compliance principles, facility practice statements or probes. Save your organization a lot of time, resources and energy by acquiring this analysis from H&W for only $129.

It is important to note language that remains the same and has not changed, is not provided in this tool. This includes language that was in the previous SOM in the IGs and remained the same but was moved to the Exhibit.

Therefore, this document is not intended to be a substitution for Appendix J or the SOM. H&W advises the ICF/IID provider to obtain a copy of the new SOM and Exhibit from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) website or other authorized source. Copies can be obtained through a link at the www.hwisolutions.com website.

This tool specifically provides a guide to identify:

1) Language which was removed from the interpretive guidance;

2) Language which was added to the interpretive guidance; and

3) Language which has been modified in the interpretive guidance.

To buy your copy of this highly useful and extensive analysis (nearly 300 pages) for only $129, please visit the H&W Online Store: Click here to go to the H&W online store and this product listing.

For those of you who missed our Webinar Series about this change in the Interpretive Guidelines, please watch for an upcoming announcement about another presentation of the webinar in June.

If you received this notice from a colleague rather than directly from H&W, please email info@hwisolutions.com to add your name to our email announcement list.

Disclaimer: This document and the analysis herein is NOT associated with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in any way. The opinions and advice offered are based on the experience and knowledge of the H&W staff. The content is based on the Appendix J and Exhibit 355 to the State Operations Manual (SOM), published April 27, 2015. You may want to seek additional guidance from your state survey agency or regional CMS office.


May 3, 2015

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