Office of Inspector General: Quality of Care is Now Job One

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It took the Medicare Office of Inspector General eight years and one month to supplement its original 2000 guidance to Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF’s) – and supplement it did. While the new guidance continues to make SNF compliance plans "voluntary," the OIG's position that a compliance program demonstrates a nursing facility’s “…commitment to honest and responsible corporate conduct” makes it highly recommended that your facility have an up-to-date, effective compliance plan in place. After the 2000 guidance plan was issued, many SNF's developed compliance plans, some of which have collected eight years of dust on the administrator's bookcase.

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