CMS has been busy once again – now with a 3rd Interim Final Rule with Comment Period (CMS-3401-IFC).
AHCA/NCAL has posted a High-Level Summary that provides an easier-to-digest (3-pages) view of this IFC. Thank you AHCA/NCAL!
You and your team should still review the entire IFC and provide comment back to CMS as warranted. Please note that CMS has slipped in a few additional items. Here’s the Table of Contents:
II. Provisions of the Interim Final Rule with Comment Period (IFC)
A. New Enforcement Requirement for LTC Facilities
B. Condition of Participation (CoP) Requirements for Hospitals and CAHs to Report COVID-19 Data As Specified by the Secretary During the PHE for COVID-19
C. Requirements for Laboratories to Report SARS-CoV-2 Test Results During the PHE for COVID-19
D. Quality Reporting: Updates to the Extraordinary Circumstances Exceptions (ECE) Granted for Four Value-Based Purchasing Programs in Response to the PHE for COVID-19, and Update to the Performance Period for the FY 2022 SNF VBP Program
E. NCD Procedural Volumes for Facilities and Practitioners to Maintain Medicare Coverage
F. Limits on COVID-19 and Related Testing without an Order and Expansion of Testing Order Authority
G. Recognizing Temporary Premium Credits as Premium Reductions
H. Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 on Part C and Part D Quality Rating Systems
I. Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Updates
J. Requirement for Long-Term Care (LTC) Facilities to Test Facility Residents and Staff for COVID-19
III. Waiver of Proposed Rulemaking
IV. Collection of Information Requirements
V. Response to Comments
VI. Regulatory Impact Analysis
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