June 2006

Information Bulletin 06-06

Issuance of New Tag F356, Posting of Staffing Information in Appendix PP, State Operations Manual(SOM), Interpretive Guidelines for Long Term Care Facilities

Implementation Date: October 1, 2006


The purpose of this information bulletin is to inform providers that Minnesota Department of Health surveyors and investigators effective October 1, 2006 will implement a new regulatory tag, F356, for citation of deficiencies regarding the posting of nurse staffing information as contained in regulation at 42 C.F.R. §483.30(e).

As described in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Survey and Certification Letter 06-19, Tag F492 was previously used to cite deficiencies in nurse staffing posting for compliance with Federal, State, and local laws. Tag F492 remains for other issues involving compliance with Federal, State, and local laws; however, previous direction (S&C Letter 03-11) to cite deficiencies in posting at Tag F492 is rescinded.

To find regulatory language of F356 and F492 in the CMS State Operations Manual:

  • Click on Internet-Only Manuals (IOMs) on the left navigation bar
  • Scroll down to and Click on the link to 100-7
  • Click on Appendices Table of Contents
  • Select Appendix PP, Interpretive Guidelines for Long Term Care Facilities

To get to CMS Survey and Certification Letters:

  • Click Policy and Memos to States and Regions on the left Navigation bar
  • Scroll down the list by Memo Number and Date and click on the link for the specific policy or letter

If you have any questions regarding this Information Bulletin, please contact in writing:

Minnesota Department of Health
Compliance Monitoring Division
Licensing and Certification Program
85 East Seventh Place, Suite 300
PO Box 64900
St. Paul, MN 55164-0900
Telephone: (651) 201-4101

Updated Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 01:35PM