The Omnibus Burden Reduction (Conditions of Participation) Final Rule (CMS-3346-F) was published on September 26, 2019. This rule finalizes the following provisions that were in the proposed rule changes. The final rule will be published in the federal register on September 30, 2019. The effective date for these regulation changes are November 29, 2019. The following changes affect swing bed providers:
Hospital and CAH swing-bed providers:
- Removing the requirement for a facility to request or allow swing-bed patients to perform services for the facility;
- Removing the requirement for the facility to provide an ongoing activities program that is directed by a qualified professional because the patient’s activity needs are addressed in the nursing care plan;
- Removing the requirement for facilities with more than 120 beds to employ a qualified social worker on a full-time basis because of the hospital swing-bed and CAH bed limit requirements; and
- Removing the requirement for facilities to assist residents in obtaining routine and 24-hour emergency dental care because of the existing requirement for hospitals and CAHs to provide care in accordance with the needs of the patient (emergent and non-emergent).
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