Good News for Minnesota CDMs! MDH Clarifies CMS Rule Regarding Requirements for Director of Food and Nutrition Services in Skilled Nursing Facilities
The Minnesota Department of Health has published information that clarifies who is qualified to be the Director of Food and Nutrition Services in a Skilled Nursing Facility. As members know this requirement was changed in the new CMS rules released in November of 2016.
In the new rule, if the facility does not employ a full-time dietitian (minimum of 35 hours per week) as the Director of Food and Nutrition Services, they must designate a person to serve in that capacity. The rules specify a Certified Dietary Manager as the first option. Questions were raised as to whether or not someone who is a Minnesota Certified Food Manager and has a CFM certificate issued by MDH would qualify. As members know, earning a Minnesota CFM certificate indicates that a person has taken a food safety course (typically ServSafe®), passed a food safety exam and registered with the state. It is only an indication of food safety training, not of the education, ability, knowledge and expertise to run the food and nutrition department in a nursing facility.
The MN Department of Health determined that a ServSafe® certification or a Minnesota Food Manager Certificate (MCFM) does not meet the requirements of the new federal regulation. MDH has determined that someone who holds a National (ANFP) Certified Dietary Manager (CDM, CFPP) certificate does qualify to be the Director of Food and Nutrition Services. They also determined that a person who has an associate or higher degree in food service management or hospitality (with certain conditions) would also qualify.
Several MN CDM’s were instrumental in providing input to the Minnesota Department of Health during this review process. Those CDM’s were Colleen Zenk, Kristi Salisbury, and Becky Rude. Thanks to these members and to the support of staff at ANFP headquarters the education and expertise of the CDM has been recognized and their role strengthened in Minnesota nursing facilities.
MDH has posted their ruling at the Federal Nursing Home Regulation Clarifications page on their website. Please don’t hesitate to share this information with your administrator. Additional information regarding the new CMS regulations can be found on the ANFP website under the Becoming a CDM tab.