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Federal Policy and Regulation

In April 2008, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services co-sponsored with Pioneer Network a national symposium, "Creating Home in the Nursing Home" to promote discussion, dispel barriers and coordinate action that supports culture change in nursing home environments. The symposium and follow-up efforts discussed in detail at Creating Home Symposium were groundbreaking efforts to broaden and deepen discussion of the linkages between person-directed implementation and the regulatory environment. This event was one element of a sustained CMS timeline that recognizes person-directed practice as a method to improve quality for residents in nursing homes. Detailed accounts of CMS culture change efforts are available through a compilation of Federal Resources. Click here to view Federal Resources.

View a six minute video clip featuring a discussion between Karen Schoeneman of the CMS Division of Nursing Homes and Thomas Hamilton, Director of the Survey and Certification Group at CMS. They discuss how person-directed care is consistent with existing federal regulations.