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The revised Department of Health and Human Services guidance for CMS surveying (read inspecting) activities requirements in long-term care facilities has taken effect as of June 1, 2006. The first of a three-part series providing in-depth coverage of this new development was published in the Spring 2006 issue of Activities Directors’ Quarterly for Alzheimer’s & Other Dementia Patients.

By subscribing now, we will make absolutely sure that your subscription includes the Spring issue so that you will have the complete three-part series.

As you know, with these new guidelines, the role of activities in your facility takes on a whole new dynamic. It’s called unannounced visits, payment denial, and civil money penalties. The revised surveying modalities for facilities like yours are to better ascertain whether or not certain established standards are met in those facilities’ activities programs and by their activities directors. And yes, for noncompliance there can be very serious consequences including denial of payment for incoming patients and fines or civil money penalties in the range of $50 to $10,000 and more.

The editors of Activities Directors’ Quarterly for Alzheimer’s & Other Dementia Patients have been on top of this new CMS focus from the beginning. We will continue to give top priority to making absolutely sure our readers know everything they need to about this new federal guidance revision, from what it is and how it impacts on enforcement to what constitutes compliance and what, specifically, are the results of noncompliance.

Strengthening your activities programs and aiding your activities director with new ideas, the latest research, tested techniques, and detailed lesson plans and activity planners has always been our goal. For that, ADQ, from the very first issue, has been hailed a “must have” not just for activities directors but for anyone who deals on a daily basis with Alzheimer’s patients and others with some form of dementia. Going forward, each issue of Activities Directors’ Quarterly will bring you, in addition to the valuable content and features activities directors have come to count on, the very latest on this new federal regulatory development.

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