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AHCA Statement on CMS Final Rule Requirements of Participation  
AHCA Statement on CMS Final Rule Requirements of Participation
Newly Reformed Requirements of Participation for Long-Term Care Facilities
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Washington, D.C. — The following is a statement from Mark Parkinson, President and Chief Executive Officer at the American Health Care Association (AHCA) regarding the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) final rule on Requirements of Participation:
"The CMS rule represents the first updates and requirements for skilled nursing centers to participate in Medicare since 1991.  A lot has changed in the profession in those decades, and we were pleased to offer constructive comments to improve the services we provide for the millions we serve today.
"While the agency took some steps forward in helping individuals in our centers, there were several provisions that harm our efforts to continue the tremendous strides we've made in quality and care delivery.  Further, even CMS admits this new wave of regulations will bring with it hundreds of millions in additional costs without any new funding streams.  We will spend the coming days and weeks determining what overall impact those mandates will have on our members.  
"With respect to the arbitration ruling, AHCA is extremely disappointed that CMS included in the final rule a provision banning all pre-dispute arbitration agreements. That provision clearly exceeds CMS's statutory authority and is wholly unnecessary to protect residents' health and safety."