F-tag Fridays –Helping You to Interpret CMS Guidelines F655 Baseline Care Plan –New Requirement

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Baseline care plan must be developed within 48 hours of the resident’s admission. Must contain minimum healthcare information necessary to care for resident. Written summary must be provided to resident and/or his or her representative and include any changes in resident’s goals or interventions and submissions.

What is the intent of the Baseline Care Plan requirements?

  • Promote continuity of care and communication among staff
  • Increase resident safety
  • Safeguard against adverse events
  • Ensure the resident and/or representative are informed of initial plan of care

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