Introduction to the revised federal guidelines for nursing home medical directors: F-Tag 501

Jeffrey M. Levine, Fay Savino, Freda Siegel

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Abstract

The nursing home medical director is now under new scrutiny by regulators. The new surveyor guidelines for "Tag F501, Medical Director" released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services were implemented in November 2005. They teach surveyors how to scrutinize the adequacy of medical director performance and link deficiencies in performance to poor outcomes of care. In the past, many medical directors held the position in title only with minimal pay, but the change in regulatory framework raises the standard for the nursing home industry. The medical director must now provide active clinical guidance and oversight regarding implementation of policies, collaborate with administration and staff to promote quality of care, and take an active part in resolving medical and clinical concerns that affect resident care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-40
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of Long-Term Care
Volume14
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes

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