CMS Releases final rule extending COVID Reporting Requirement for SNFs

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule that would accelerate the shift from paying for Medicare home health services based on volume to a system that pays for value. The rule finalizes a nationwide expansion of the Home Health Value- Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model and makes updates to the Medicare Home Health Prospective Payment System (PPS) and the home infusion therapy services payment rates for Calendar Year (CY) 2022, in accordance with existing statutory and regulatory requirements. In addition, this final rule makes permanent the changes to the home health Conditions of Participation (CoP) that were implemented during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) and finalizes changes to the CoPs to implement a provision of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021.

Of note for our nursing home members, this rule also finalizes revisions to the infection control requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities (Medicaid nursing facilities and Medicare skilled nursing facilities, also collectively known as “nursing homes”) that will extend the mandatory COVID-19 reporting requirements beyond the current COVID-19 PHE until December 31, 2024; incorporates into regulation several existing Medicare provider enrollment policies; and finalizes survey and enforcement requirements for hospice programs to implement provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021.

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