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CMS issues photography guidelines.

For states choosing to use photographic evidence to support noncompliance during the survey process, CMS issued guidelines on September 29, 2006, for state agencies to follow. Effective immediately, surveyors who decide to use photographic evidence must do the following:

* Request the resident's or surrogate's written permission prior to taking any pictures

* Obtain three pictures of each instance of noncompliance--an overview, a mid-range view, and a close-up

* Designate a clinician to take any photographs of breasts and genitalia

* Accompany each photo with written, detailed documentation and treat it like a confidential medical record
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Title Annotation:INDUSTRY UPDATE
Publication:Contemporary Long Term Care
Date:Jan 1, 2007
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