Regulations & Guidance

Care Compare (for Nursing Homes)

Providers can learn how to update facility information and more about Nursing Home quality measure data and the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP).

National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes

Learn about public reporting, state-based coalitions, research, training, and revised surveyor guidance focused on ways to make quality of life better for people with dementia to protect them from substandard care and promote goal-directed, person-centered care for every nursing home resident.

Nursing Home Enforcement

Get general information, including a link to FAQs, regarding enforcement actions that CMS may take when a nursing home is not in compliance with Medicare or Medicaid requirements.

Nursing Home Quality Initiative (NHQI)

Learn about nursing home quality from the NHQI site, which gives details about Care Compare’s nursing home quality measures.

Nursing Homes

Get basic information about being certified as a Medicare and/or Medicaid nursing home provider, including links to laws, regulations, compliance information, and the survey process.

Termination Notices

Get the legal notice of provider and supplier terminations CMS is required to post for the public.

Policy & Memos to States and Regions

View CMS Quality Safety & Oversight memoranda, guidance, clarifications and instructions to State Survey Agencies and CMS Regional Offices.

2018-02 Provider Compliance Tips for Skilled Nursing Facility Services (PDFs)

Learn about documentation requirements and how to prevent claim denials.

Requirements for Participation

Read what institutions must do to qualify to participate as a SNF in the Medicare program and as a nursing facility in the Medicaid program.

Quality, Safety & Oversight-Guidance to Laws & Regulations - Nursing Homes

Find consolidated requirements for long term care facilities to participate in Medicare and Medicaid, including survey protocols and information on the Long Term Care Survey Process (LTCSP).

SNF Quality Reporting Program

Learn about the required standardized patient assessment data about quality measures and Standardized Patient Assessment Data Elements (SPADEs) for public reporting our Compare site.