Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Finalizes New LTC Regulations
On September 28, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its final regulations of Part 483 to Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations, the Requirements for States and Long-Term Care Facilities. Why is this important and how does it impact CDM, CFPPs? Read below to learn more!
What are the CMS LTC Regulations?
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is the federal agency that is responsible for administering requirements governing long term care. In October, 2016, CMS released a comprehensive update of regulations to reflect advances in theory and practice of service, delivery and safety for LTC residents.
Why is this important for CDM, CFPPs?
In Section §483.60 Food and Nutrition Services, the following highlights are notable:
- The CDM, CFPP is now listed as the primary qualification for Director of Food and Nutrition Services in the absence of a full-time dietitian.
- A representative from the Food and Nutrition Services department must be included on the Interdisciplinary Team (IDT). The CDM, CFPP is the only credential listed in addition to the Registered Dietitian that is qualified to participate as defined by scopes of practice. Read the Scope of Practice.
- While CMS lists the CDM, CFPP credential as the primary qualification for Director of Food and Nutrition Services, the requirements also acknowledge state requirements for staffing qualifications. Currently, 18 states require the CDM, CFPP to serve as Director of FNS. View the list of states.