Members Grapple with Reforms to the Requirements of Participation (RoP’s)
In early December, LeadingAge Ohio members joined their colleagues at three regional trainings on the new Requirements of Participation for nursing facilities. The trainings brought together industry experts Janet Feldkamp, Partner, Benesch, and Stephanie DeWeese, Quality & Regulatory Specialist - Long Term Care, LeadingAge Ohio, to work through the RoPs, one by one, providing helpful tips for implementation.
For example, as of 11/28/16, all policies that refer to “responsible party” now need to refer to “resident representative”. Person-centered care, a key area of concern of the RoPs, must reflect discharge “planning”; this should replace the old term “discharge potential”. While there are still many questions about how the new and changed RoPs will be interpreted by individual surveyors and interpretive guidelines are still in process,
LeadingAge Ohio has already begun compiling a toolkit of resources, questions and answers for some of the most pressing questions. Next week, Director of Advocacy Nisha Hammel will travel to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Region V meeting where some of the unanswered questions will be posed.