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Advocacy in Action August 23, 2019

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, August 23, 2019
Updated: Thursday, August 22, 2019
August 23, 2019

CON Reform Update
It appears that our efforts around CON reform — and particularly an exemption for CCRCs around Medicare-certified home health — are over for this year’s long session. It is our understanding that House Bill 126 (which contained CON reform language) has been gutted and will be used for another purpose as we get closer to the end of the long session. After coming so far this year - with passage for the first time by the Senate - it’s tremendously disappointing. However…if we’ve learned anything over the past six years in moving this issue forward, it’s that we can’t give up. The bill is still alive and eligible for consideration during next year’s short session. Your hard work and persistence are getting us closer to our goal every year and we remain committed to getting this thing over the finish line.


Medical Care Commission Legislation Advances to Conference Committee
Senate bill 537 – legislation that would provide a seat for an individual affiliated with a nonprofit CCRC on the North Carolina Medical Care Commission – remains alive in this session of the General Assembly. A number of other issues are contained within the bill, which now sits in a conference committee of House and Senate conferees.
 


Arbitration Agreements
On July 18, CMS published a final rule on arbitration agreements in nursing home settings. The final rule repeals the prohibition against pre-dispute, binding arbitration agreements while strengthening the transparency of arbitration agreements in long-term care settings. LeadingAge national advocated for many of the provisions contained in the final rule, which goes into effect Sept. 16, 2019. Read a summary of the rule.


LeadingAge Responds on “Patients Over Paperwork” Initiative
LeadingAge national recently responded to CMS’s second Request for Information on the “Patients Over Paperwork” initiative. The initiative, first launched in 2017, aims to reduce unnecessary burden, increase efficiency, and improve the beneficiary experience by streamlining regulations and subregulatory guidance. CMS has received over 3,000 comments since that time, classified into nine categories. LeadingAge national’s comments, available here, centered around documentation requirements and quality measures.

 

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