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HHS/CMS RIN: 0938-AT36 Publication ID: Fall 2018 
Title: Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities: Regulatory Provisions to Promote Program Efficiency, Transparency, and Burden Reduction (CMS-3347-P)(Section 610 Review) 
Abstract:

This proposed rule would reform the requirements that long-term care facilities must meet to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, that CMS has identified as unnecessary, obsolete, or excessively burdensome on facilities. This rule would increase the ability of healthcare professionals to devote resources to improving resident care by eliminating or reducing requirements that impede quality care or that divert resources away from providing high quality care.

 
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services(HHS)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Deregulatory 
RFA Section 610 Review: Section 610 Review 
CFR Citation: 42 CFR 483    42 CFR 488   
Legal Authority: secs.1819 and 1919 of the Social Security Act    sec.1819(d)(4)(B) and 1919(d)(4)(B) of the Social Security Act    sec. 1819(b)(1)(A) and 1919 (b)(1)(A) of the Social Security Act   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need:

CMS is committed to transforming the healthcare delivery system, and the Medicare program, by putting an additional focus on patient-centered care and working with providers, physicians, and patients to improve outcomes. We seek to reduce burdens for long-term care facilities; healthcare professionals and residents; improve the quality of care; decrease costs; and, ensure that residents and their providers are making the best healthcare choices possible.   

We are therefore proposing revisions to the requirements that long-term care facilities must meet to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs that would increase the ability of healthcare professionals to devote resources to improving resident care by eliminating or reducing requirements that impede quality care or that divert resources away from providing high quality care.

Summary of the Legal Basis:

The Secretary has statutory authority to issue these rules under the Nursing Home Reform Act, (part of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA ‘87), Public Law No. 100-203, 101 Stat. 1330 (1987)), which added sections 1819 and 1919 to the Act; those provisions authorize the Secretary to promulgate regulations that are "adequate to protect the health, safety, welfare, and rights of residents and to promote the effective and efficient use of public moneys."  (Sections 1819(f)(1) and 1919(f)(1) of the Act).  In addition, the Act authorizes the Secretary to impose "such other requirements relating to the health and safety [and well-being] of residents as [he] may find necessary."  (Sections 1819(d)(4)(B), 1919(d)(4)(B) of the Act).  Under Sections 1819(c)(1)(A)(xi) and 1919 (c)(1)(A)(xi) of the Act, the Secretary may also establish "other right[s]" for residents, in addition to those expressly set forth in the statutes and regulations, to "protect and promote the rights of each resident."

Alternatives:

For all of the proposed provisions, we considered not making these changes. Specifically, we considered the impact that any revisions would have on the health and safety of residents in long-term care facilities and if such revisions would realistically be burden reducing for facilities. Ultimately, we believe that the proposed revisions will be burden reducing and do not impede on the health and safety of residents. 

Anticipated Costs and Benefits:

This proposed rule would create ongoing cost savings to long-term care facilities in many areas. In addition, various proposals would clarify existing policy and relieve some administrative burdens.

Risks:

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/00/2018 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Ronisha Blackstone
Health Insurance Specialist
Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, MS: S3-02-01, 7500 Security Boulevard,
Baltimore, MD 21244
Phone:410 786-6882
Email: ronisha.blackstone@cms.hhs.gov