The Safe Food for Seniors Act of 2015 was introduced into the 114th Congress! H.R. 3356 was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce on July 29, 2015. The bill is sponsored Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS-2).
By late 2016, the Safe Food for Seniors Act had 10 bipartisan cosponsors (listed below) and we thank all of them for supporting our bill, which enhanced our position with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). H.R. 3356 ended with the 114th Congress as of Dec. 31, 2016 but we don’t plan to reintroduce it in the next Congress because we achieved our goal on Oct. 4, 2016, when CMS published its final rule “Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities” in the Federal Register. Of the many changes to the regulations, the most important is the CDM credential being listed first amongst qualifications for the newly designated Director of Food and Nutrition Services. Current ANFP members can view this victory with pride, knowing that Washington, DC, now views the CDM credential as essential to maintaining quality in LTC facilities, and future ANFP members can look forward to a clearly-defined career path with pride.
The Value of the Credential
Certification for dietary managers, similar to registration for dietitians and dietetic technicians, establishes a minimum level of competence that both employers and the public can expect in defined roles. Additionally, because certification requires continuing education, the credential assures that the certified individual stays on top of the latest technology and trends within the industry.
Obtaining certification involves a one-time cost for training and testing expenses which are covered by the individual and/or provider. Furthermore, certification requirements for The Safe Food for Seniors Act do not require additional funding from the federal government and is considered “revenue neutral” to the U.S. Treasury.