CDM, CFPP Credential Meets New CMS LTC Requirement
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 & Medicaid Services (CMS) is the federal agency responsible for administering requirements governing long-term care facilities. 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, including a section on Food and Nutrition Services.
How do the new regulations impact Food and Nutrition Services?
In Section §483.60 Food and Nutrition Services, the following highlights are significant:
• The Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM, CFPP) credential is now listed as the primary qualification for the 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 Nutritionist that is qualified to participate as defined by scopes of practice. A scope of practice is a critical component in defining the role of any credentialed professional. View the Scope of Practice HERE.
• While CMS lists the CDM, CFPP credential as the primary qualification for the Director of Food and Nutrition Services, the regulations also acknowledge state requirements for staffing qualifications. Currently, 18 states require the CDM, CFPP to serve as Director of Food and Nutrition Services. View the list of states HERE.
How do the new requirements impact staffing?
According to the requirements, individuals who are currently employed as the designated Director of Food and Nutrition Services prior to November 28, 2016 will have five years to meet the staffing requirements outlined by CMS. Individuals hired after November 28, 2016 will have no later than one year to meet these staffing requirements.
Current foodservice managers may already be eligible to sit for the CDM Credentialing Exam. Learn about exam eligibility HERE.
What resources are available?
The Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals offers a variety of resources related to the new requirements below.
Download the CMS Regulations informational flyer
to share with other individuals in your facility.
Access the Flyer