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CMS UPDATE: CMS Finalizes Reversal of Arbitration Ban & Proposes Partial Phase 3 RoP Delay

Wednesday, July 17, 2019   (0 Comments)
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CMS Rule Updates Requirements for Arbitration Agreements and New Regulations
 
Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced two rules – one proposed and one final – that emphasize the agency’s commitment to ensuring safety and quality in nursing homes. These rules are components of the agency’s five-part approach to ensuring a high-quality long term care (LTC) facility system, which Administrator Seema Verma announced in April. Administrator Verma’s approach includes strengthening requirements for LTC facilities, also known as nursing homes, working with states to enforce statutory and regulatory requirements, increasing transparency of nursing home performance, improving quality, and putting patient safety first by removing unnecessary burdens on providers. In addition to protecting patients and reducing burdens, the rule helps nursing homes focus their resources on their residents by saving them $616 million in administrative costs annually that can be reinvested in patient care.   
 
The proposed rule (Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Requirements for Long-Term Care (LTC) Facilities: Regulatory Provisions to Promote Efficiency and Transparency) allows LTC facility providers to devote more of their time and resources to their residents – instead of unnecessary paperwork – by eliminating obsolete or excessively burdensome regulations. It is also part of CMS’agency-wide effort to reduce burden, the Patients Over Paperwork initiative, and would respond to President Trump’s Executive Order that directs federal agencies to “cut the red tape.” CONTINUE...
 
 
Medicare & Medicaid Programs; Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities: Regulatory Provisions to Promote Efficiency and Transparency
 
Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a proposed rule, “Medicare & Medicaid Programs; Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilties: Regulatory Provisions to Promote Efficiency and Transparency” (CMS-3347-P). The proposed rule would remove requirements for participation identified as unnecessary, obsolete, or excessively burdensome on long-term care (LTC) facilities, also known as “nursing homes”. The rule is part of the agency’s five-part approach to ensuring a high-quality LTC facility system that focuses on strengthening requirements for such facilities, working with states to enforce statutory and regulatory requirements, increasing transparency of facility performance, and promoting improved health outcomes for facility residents. CMS expects the provisions in the rule, if finalized, to achieve $616 million in savings annually for these facilities.
 
This proposed rule would increase facilities’ ability to devote their resources to improving resident care. This would be achieved by the elimination or reduction in the hours and resources that clinicians and providers spend on obsolete and redundant requirements that could impede or divert resources away from the provision of high-quality resident care. Many of the proposed provisions would simplify and/or streamline the Medicare health and safety standards long-term care facilities must meet in order to serve their residents. Importantly, in identifying opportunities for reducing burden, CMS would maintain resident health and safety standards.  CONTINUE...

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