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CMS Publishes Guidance on Providing Services to Justice-Involved Individuals

May 05, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published guidance to surveyors clarifying requirements for providing services to justice-involved individuals (e.g. those on probation or parole) in skilled nursing facilities.  The guidance seeks to assure high quality care that is consistent with patient rights and safety for all individuals.  It is often a challenge for long-term care ombudsman programs to handle the inconsistencies between probation or parole conditions that apply to some residents and resident rights, especially regarding discharge decisions, right to come and go, and visitors.  This guidance addresses these types of issues.  Read the memo here.

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