CMS Establishes Shorter Time Period for Enforcing Medicare Requirements and Monetary Penalties on Nursing Facilities

Under existing Medicare provisions, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) may impose civil monetary penalties on nursing facilities for noncompliance with Medicare participation requirements. Recently, CMS released a final rule that will shorten the time for collecting these penalties. This final rule was published on Friday, March 18, 2011, and is intended to implement Section 6111 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) (Pub. L. 111-148). Regulations under this final rule go into effect on January 1, 2012.

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