Federal Regulations

This section is current through the March 20, 2014 issue of the Federal Register FEDERAL REGULATIONS 42 CFR 483.55

Code of Federal Regulations > TITLE 42– PUBLIC HEALTH > CHAPTER IV– CENTERS FOR MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES > SUBCHAPTER G– STANDARDS AND CERTIFICATION > PART 483–REQUIREMENTS FOR STATES AND LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES > SUBPART B– REQUIREMENTS FOR LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES.

483.55 Dental services.

The facility must assist residents in obtaining routine and 24-hour emergency dental care.

(a) Skilled nursing facilities. A facility (1) Must provide or obtain from an outside resource, in accordance with § 483.75(h) of this part, routine and emergency dental services to meet the needs of each resident;

(2) May charge a Medicare resident an additional amount for routine and emergency dental services;

(3) Must if necessary, assist the resident–

(i) In making appointments; and

(ii) By arranging for transportation to and from the dentist’s office; and

(4) Promptly refer residents with lost or damaged dentures to a dentist.

(b) Nursing facilities. The facility (1) Must provide or obtain from an outside resource, in accordance with § 483.75(h) of this part, the following dental services to meet the needs of each resident:

(i) Routine dental services (to the extent covered under the State plan); and

(ii) Emergency dental services;

(2) Must, if necessary, assist the resident–

(i) In making appointments; and

(ii) By arranging for transportation to and from the dentist’s office; and

(3) Must promptly refer residents with lost or damaged dentures to a dentist.

Statutory Authority

AUTHORITY NOTE APPLICABLE TO ENTIRE PART:

Secs. 1102, 1128I and 1871 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1302, 1320a-7j, and 1395hh).

History

[56 FR 48875, Sept. 26, 1991]