Description:The book lists the regulations, guidelines, procedures, and probes used by federal surveyors in certifying nursing homes for participation in Medicare and Medicaid programs.
Purpose:The claim is made that facilities which implement the federal guidelines will have outstanding quality assurance and risk management programs in place. Meeting the federal guidelines is a worthy objective and the book does provide the federal requirements with definitions, interpretive guidelines, and procedures that state surveyors use to evaluate homes during their licensing survey.
Audience:The book is written for employees of long term care facilities and state surveyors. Individuals not familiar with federal LTC standards may find the book difficult to understand because there is no explanation of the terminology used in the regulations.
Features:It lists all the federal requirements that are evaluated by state surveyors during the annual survey visit to nursing homes and for complaint visits. The exhibit section contains forms used by surveyors to gather data during the survey visit. Visually, the format makes the regulations easy to read. If nursing home staff used the book to prepare for a survey, they would be well prepared.
Assessment:Knowing the interpretive guidelines used by surveyors would help nursing home staff to prepare for the annual survey visit. By knowing the definitions in the book, the staff would be better able to defend their decision-making at the home to explain how their actions do comply with the regulations.