The CMS has issued guidance to State Survey Agency Directors for the implementation of new alternative sanctions for home health agencies that were finalized in the November 8, 2012 Federal Register notice. Alternative sanctions provide CMS with alternatives to program termination for agencies that are found to not be in “substantial compliance” with the conditions of the participation.
“CMS now has the authority to impose alternative sanctions of civil money penalties (CMPs), directed in-service training, directed plans of correction, suspension of payment for new admissions, and temporary management on HHAs that are found to have condition level deficiencies. The guide instructs on the implementation, basis for, and notification requirements for the individual sanctions, in addition to, the process for an informal dispute resolution (IDR), and the formal appeals process for when CMPs sanctions are imposed.”
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