CMS Memorandum (S&C 17-27-NH) on Substandard Quality of Care and Clarification on Notice before Transfer or Discharge Requirements

CMS began issuing formal interpretations and clarifications on changes that are reflected in the Requirements for Participation (RoP).  Below is AHCA’s summary of the CMS S&C 17-27-NH that provides in pertinent part:

  • The new SQC definition incorporates some new requirements, such as parts of the behavioral health services requirements that go into effect in Phase 2 (November 28, 2017).
  • At the start of Phase 2 on November 28, 2017, CMS will implement a new F-tag numbering system which will clarify the F-tags under which SQC findings will be cited from that point forward. Until then, findings of SQC will be cited under the current F-tag numbering system.


The memo also clarifies that nursing centers must send a copy of the transfer or discharge notice for all nonresident initiated transfers to the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman.  Read More