Resources for Nursing Home Social Workers

Federal Proposed Rule Changes for LTC Facilities


On July 16, 2015 the Federal Register published 100 pages of proposed rule changes to requirements for LTC facilities that accept Medicare and/or Medicaid.  The public has been invited to comment on those proposed rule changes by the NEW deadline of  Wed. October 14, 2015.

The proposed rule changes are the most sweeping proposed changes in the operation of LTC facilties in the past 25 years.

Many of the proposed changes would affect  access to psychosocial care for NH residents and the practice of nursing home social work.

The National Nursing Home Social Work Network's  POLICY COMMITTEE  is working to prepare a response to the proposed rule changes.


Click  HERE  to  go to read the Federal Register  July  16, 2015.   AND  TO  SUBMIT  YOUR  COMMENTS

Click HERE for the  Federal Register document saved as a search-able Word document

Click HERE for the National Nursing Home Social Work Network's summary table of areas of special interest to social workers and others concerned with psychosocial care

Click HERE to listen to a recording of our webinar explaining what is going on and how to submit comments with impact. (webinar slides are HERE)

Click HERE for a summary table prepared by the CONSUMER  VOICE not-for-profit advocacy organization --  "side by side of current and proposed"

Click HERE  for the CSWE  Social Work competencies


According to CMS,  there are six major themes in the proposed rule changes:

    Person Centered-Care,  Quality,  Facility Assessment,  Competency-Based Approach,

    Alignment with HHS Priorities,      Comprehensive Review and Modernization, Implementation of Legislation.

         Click HERE for a recording of the phone call CMS hosted to help people better understand their call   for comments on proposed rule changes