Information Bulletion 02-12
Review of Time Frames for Reporting Abuse;
Reporting Abuse to Law Enforcement;
Displaying Complaint Telephone Numbers; and
Clarification on Defining and Citing Abuse -ACTION
The purpose of this Information Bulletin is to provide to you the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) memorandum S&C 02-20. This memorandum clarifies the CMS' policy with regard to preventing, citing and reporting abuse in nursing homes.
On March 1, 2002, the General Accounting Office (GAO) published a report to Congress - Nursing Homes: More Can Be Done to Protect Residents from Abuse (GAO-02-312). This report helps to validate some of the information CMS gathered while working on the Nursing Home Complaint Improvement Project and a future Report to Congress: The Role of the Nurse Aide Registry, Impact of Institutional Environmental Factors, and Effectiveness of Other Sanctions in Preventing Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Homes.
This memorandum may be accessed at:
http://cms.hhs.gov/medicaid/survey-cert/letters.asp [expired link]
(scroll down to S&C 02-20)
Note: HCFA website addresses are subject to change. As MDH becomes aware of these changes we will update the HCFA address on this bulletin.
If you have any questions regarding this Information Bulletin, please contact in writing:
Minnesota Department of Health
Health Regulation Division
Licensing and Certification Program
85 East Seventh Place, Suite 300
PO Box 64900
St. Paul, MN 55164-0900
Telephone: (651) 201-4101