Tag: proposed rule

HHS pitches 10-year expiration for several rules

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed a new rule November 4 that would require a review of rules every 10 years “to determine whether the regulation is still needed and whether it is having appropriate impacts,” according to a release. Under the proposed rule, any regulation issued by HHS, with certain exceptions, […]

CMS proposes payment rule for FY 2021

On April 10, 2020, CMS issued a proposed rule [CMS-1737-P] for fiscal year (FY) 2021 that updates the Medicare payment rates and quality programs for SNFs. The proposed rule affects Medicare payment to SNFs, as well as includes proposals that reduce provider burden and may help providers in the COVID-19 response, according to the CMS […]

Lawmakers call on CMS to revise or withdraw proposed rule

A bipartisan group of Congress members sent a letter to CMS administrator Seema Verma, urging that the  proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation be revised or withdrawn entirely. The Congress members warn that the rule would restrict certain tax exemptions and discounts for some CCRCs. The letter, signed by 27 members of Congress, concludes: We do […]

Proposed rule aims to expand use of fluctuating workweek

A new proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) intends to clarify that employers who pay nonexempt workers bonuses or other incentive-based pay in addition to a fixed salary can use the fluctuating workweek (FWW) method of paying overtime as a way to keep costs down as long as other requirements for using […]

Proposed rule aims to make CMP waiver process standard

In its proposed rule released this week, CMS aims to eliminate the requirement for facilities to actively waive their right to a hearing in writing. Instead, there would be a waiver process that would operate by default when CMS has not received a timely request for a hearing. The 35% penalty reduction would remain. According […]

Key takeaways of the new proposed rule

On July 17 CMS announced a proposed rule that would delay Phase 3 requirements, including QAPI and ethics and compliance standards. These changes, fueled by the Trump administration, will modify previous rules set forth between October 2016 and June 2017. CMS-3347-P The first proposed rule, Medicare & Medicaid Programs; Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities: Regulatory […]

Proposed rule includes change to antipsychotics regulation

CMS announced a new proposed rule (CMS-3347-P) this week, and among many changes, such as the delay of Phase 3 implementation, are changes to the use of antipsychotic medication. In the proposed rule, CMS states that “some nursing homes are circumventing the pressure to reduce antipsychotic drug use by seeking an appropriate diagnosis from a […]

Commenters note “dramatic impact” of proposed changes in hospice payment rule

More than 175 commenters shared their thoughts on the proposed hospice payment rule. CMS accepted public comment on FY 2020 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements through June 18. Comments weighed in on proposals to rebase payment rates, eliminate wage index lag, and introduce election statement modifications and an […]

Proposed rule would revise regulations around nondiscrimination in health programs

In an effort to reduce burden, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and CMS are seeking to update regulations around nondiscrimination outlined in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register June 14. It would make “substantial revisions” to Section 1557 of the ACA by eliminating “provisions […]