In June 2005, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its revised regulations for nursing facility medical directors and guidance to state surveyors regarding enforcement of these regulations. This article describes the revised regulations and provides historical background on the role of the medical director. The role of federal regulation as a strategy to improve the quality of medical direction within U.S. nursing facilities is discussed. Suggestions for the medical director's response to the revised regulations are included. The article concludes with the observation that although regulations may be necessary, they are insufficient alone to achieve the desired goal of quality medical care for every nursing home resident.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Annals of Long-Term Care|
|State||Published - Oct 1 2005|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geriatrics and Gerontology