On Wednesday, September 28, 2016, CMS released a final rule entitled Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities. It reaffirms some existing requirements, such and existing resident rights, and finalized a wide range of new requirements, from comprehensive person-centered care planning to compliance and ethics for all centers that treat Medicare/Medicaid recipients. The requirements are reorganized, updated, and consistent with current health and safety expectations. Phase 3 of these requirements is effective on November 29, 2019, and requires an effective training program for all staff, including individuals under contractual arrangement. The specific requirement is for staff to receive training on (at a minimum): communication, resident rights and facility responsibilities, abuse, neglect and exploitation, QAPI, infection control, compliance and ethics, behavioral health, and dementia.
To comply with the requirements, Genesis affiliated centers has made 5 training modules available to all agency staff. The courses are posted on the CareerStaff website under ROP Training and are required to be completed annually. After each employee has completed these courses, he/she must complete the new GHC attestation and upload it to his/her profile.
Please note that ROP training is required to be completed no later than January 31, 2020 for staff to remain in an active status.