Skilled Nursing Facility

Despite RoP Phase III implementation, surveyors lack guidance

Phase III Requirements for Participation (RoP) took effect on November 28, but CMS has yet to release guidance for surveyors.

“While the Phase 3 requirements will be effective November 28, 2019, and facilities are required to comply with these and all requirements, our ability to survey for compliance with these requirements will be limited until the Interpretive Guidance is released,” wrote in a November 22 memo addressed to State Survey Agency Directors.

The memo goes on to say that CMS  “will be releasing the guidance in the second quarter of calendar year 2020, along with information on training and implementing related changes to The Long Term Care Survey Process.”