CMS Requests Feedback on Medicare Definition of Home and Community Based Option Rule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released regulations that define define and describe State plan home and community-based services (HCBS) and is now putting the rule out for comment.

“This proposed rule offers States new flexibility in providing necessary and appropriate services to elderly and disabled populations and reflects CMS’ commitment to the general principles of the President’s Executive Order,” said the summary published in the federal register.

The rule does not require the eligibility link between HCBS and institutional care that exists under the Medicaid HCBS waiver program.

“This regulation would describe Medicaid coverage of the optional State plan benefit to furnish home and community-based services and receive Federal matching funds,” said the notice. “As a result, States will be better able to design and tailor Medicaid services to accommodate individual needs. This may result in improved patient outcomes and satisfaction, while enabling States to effectively manage their Medicaid resources.”

View a copy of the proposed rule here.

Written by John Yedinak

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