Ladies and gentlemen, long-anticipated compliance program requirements are changing, one more time. Let’s take a look at what has changed – and what hasn’t.
The proposed rule
On July 16, 2019, CMS published a proposed rule that would modify multiple aspects of Phase III of the Long-Term Care Facilities Requirements for Participation (the “Proposed Rule”). The goal of the Proposed Rule is to reduce regulatory burdens and costs, allowing nursing homes to focus resources on providing quality resident care. Some of the most discussed proposed amendments are those to the Compliance and Ethics Program requirements (42 CFR 483.85), which, if finalized, will become effective one year later. With comments from the public due September 16, 2019, our best guess is that enforcement will begin October or November 2020.
Good news: fewer compliance-related F-tags ahead
Nursing homes: LeadingAge (and other associations) successfully lobbied on your behalf.