• CMS: Advanced Notification: Revisions to State Operations Manual

    November 24, 2015

    Memorandum Summary

    The Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) Individualized Quality ControlPlan (IQCP) procedure in the revised SOM will supersede the IQCP procedure in S&C 13-54.

    • Revisions to Appendix C of the SOM: Revisions include the removal of Equivalent Quality Control (EQC) in the Interpretive Guidelines for §493.1256(d) and the insertion of IQCP in the Interpretive Guidelines for §493.1256(d)
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  • Discharge Planning Proposed Rule Focuses on Patient Preferences

    November 17, 2015

    So this isn't a proposed rule for SNFs. Proposed discharge planning requirements for SNFs are addressed in the proposed rule, "Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities" (80 FR 42167, July 16, 2015) at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/07/16/2015-17207/medicare-and-medicaidprograms-reform-of-requirements-for-long-term-care-facilities.

    But, as noted in the highlighted section below, this proposed rule would impact SNFs because for example hospitals, critical access hospitals, IRFs, and home health ...

  • OIG Advisory Opinion No. 15-13: Free Van Shuttle Service

    November 02, 2015

    Ladies and Gentlemen:

    We are writing in response to your request for an advisory opinion about a plan to offer free van shuttle service to certain medical facilities in an integrated health system (the “Proposed Arrangement”). Specifically, you have inquired whether the Proposed Arrangement would constitute grounds for the imposition of sanctions under the civil monetary penalty provision prohibiting inducements ...

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