Focus on the F-Tag: Quality of Life Tags

?CMS recently released new guidance for nursing home surveyors regarding 11 F-tags, many of which focus on the quality of life provided to nursing home residents. The guidance, which can be found in Appendix PP, Guidance for Surveyors, of the State Operations Manual, went into effect June 12. The new guidance provides further clarification and revises the interpretive guidelines for the following F-tags:

· F172 Access and Visitation Rights
· F175 Married Couples
· F241 Dignity
· F242 Self-Determination and Participation
· F246 Accommodation of Needs
· F247 Notice Before Room or Roommate Change
· F252 Safe, Clean, Comfortable and Homelike EnvironmentF256 Adequate and Comfortable Lighting
· F371 Sanitary Conditions
· F461 Resident Rooms
· F463 Resident Call System
Staff Contact:
Danielle Watford
Director of Quality Improvement & Regulatory Affairs