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HHS/CMS RIN: 0938-AT18 Publication ID: Spring 2019 
Title: Revision of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities: Arbitration Agreements (CMS-3342-F) 
Abstract:

This final rule amends the requirements that Long-Term Care (LTC) facilities must meet to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Specifically, we are repealing the prohibition on the use of pre-dispute, binding arbitration agreements. We are also strengthening the transparency of arbitration agreements and arbitration in LTC facilities. This final rule supports residents’ rights to make informed choices about important aspects of their health care.

 
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services(HHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Long-Term Actions 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt 
CFR Citation: 42 CFR 483   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 1302    42 U.S.C. 1320a-7    42 U.S.C. 1395i    42 U.S.C. 1395hh    42 U.S.C. 1396r   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory  MMA sec. 902 requires Medicare final rules publish within 3 years of a proposed or interim final rule.  06/08/2020 

Overall Description of Deadline: Per the CMS notice published December 30, 2004 (69 FR 78442), except for certain Medicare payment regulations and certain other statutorily-mandated regulations, we schedule all Medicare final regulations for publication within the 3-year standardized time limit in the current Unified Agenda. We do not intend to delay publishing a Medicare final regulation for 3 years if we are able to publish it sooner.

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/08/2017  82 FR 26649   
NPRM Comment Period End  08/07/2017 
Final Action  06/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Related to 0938-AR61 
Agency Contact:
Diane Corning
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:410 786-8486
Email: diane.corning@cms.hhs.gov