Nursing home policies and procedures may include closure of beds, beds per 1,000 people, brochures for consumers, bed holds and claims information. Variations exist among states, and some policies and procedures are based on federal regulations and standards, whereas other are based on state nursing home or individual facility procedures.
The Minnesota Department of Human Resources has laws that regulate the closure of nursing beds in nursing homes that are doing either a full or partial closure of beds,or that are going through operational changes that cause home residents to move to other homes. The department also provides approved brochures for consumers on topics such as rights to appeal and the entry process for a nursing home. Both state and federal regulations govern bed holds for residents taking leave days. Claims information regulations for 2016 in the state of Minnesota are in the Annual Health-Plan Selection for 2016.
Examples of federal regulations that apply to nursing homes as of 2015 include requirements that Medicare/Medicaid-certified nursing homes must comply with in order to continue receiving aid, as well as policies governing the frequent inspection of nursing homes. Regulations also mandate that nursing home walls be fire safe and easily cleanable, though the exact decision on wall finish type belongs to the homes.