Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) - Home page. The Home page for CMS provides an overview of all their services. See the link below.
CMS maintains oversight for compliance with the Medicare health and safety standards for laboratories, acute and continuing care providers (including hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies (HHAs), end-stage renal disease (ESRD) facilities, hospices, and other facilities serving Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries), and makes available to beneficiaries, providers/suppliers, researchers and State surveyors information about these activities. See the Survey and Certificate - General Information link below for more information.
CMS Survey and Certification (S&C) releases information related to survey and certification guidance for various providers and suppliers to its Regional Offices and the State Survey Agencies through communications called Survey and Certification Letters. The letters are released on an ongoing basis. Once a letter is released, it is posted on the CMS website. The letters can be accessed from the CMS Survey and Certification Home Page. Once at that page, look to the left of the page and select the hyperlink that states, “Policy & Memos to States and Regions”. The letters are organized by Federal fiscal years. AND - this information can be access via the Policy & Memos to States and Regions link below.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services uses transmittals to communicate new or changed policies or procedures that we will incorporate into the CMS Online Manual System. The cover or transmittal page summarizes and specifies the changes. The transmittals for 2000 through 2003 have been archived.