Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Department of Health and Human Services
Attention: CMS–3260–P
P.O. Box 8010
Baltimore, MD 21244

Comments of Consumers Union –
Medicare and Medicaid Programs;
Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities

Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, submits these comments in the above-referenced matter.  We support the Department’s proposed strengthening and clarification of the standards and protections for residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, to better ensure safe, attentive, supportive, and effective care.  And we also generally support the recommendations being submitted by AARP and others for further strengthening and clarifying those standards and protections.  We offer comments on two aspects of the proposed rule, regarding (1) arbitration and (2) infection control and antibiotic stewardship, and medication oversight, in order to help the Department better achieve its important objectives.

For the full comments, click here.