Medicare Program; Approval of Request for an Exception to the Prohibition on Expansion of Facility Capacity Under the Hospital Ownership and Rural Provider Exceptions to the Physician Self-Referral Prohibition, 75088-75090 [2016-26117]

Download as PDF 75088 By order of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, October 25, 2016. Robert deV. Frierson, Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2016–26068 Filed 10–27–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6210–01–C DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES [CMS–1667–FN] Medicare Program; Approval of Request for an Exception to the Prohibition on Expansion of Facility Capacity Under the Hospital Ownership and Rural Provider Exceptions to the Physician SelfReferral Prohibition Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:12 Oct 27, 2016 Jkt 241001 ACTION: Final notice. This final notice announces our decision to approve the request of Deaconess Women’s Hospital of Southern Indiana doing business as (d/ b/a) The Women’s Hospital (The Women’s Hospital) for an exception to the prohibition on expansion of facility capacity. DATES: Effective Date: This notice is effective on October 28, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: POH-ExceptionRequests@ cms.hhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Background Section 1877 of the Social Security Act (the Act), also known as the physician self-referral law—(1) prohibits a physician from making referrals for certain ‘‘designated health services’’ (DHS) payable by Medicare to an entity with which he or she (or an immediate PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 family member) has a financial relationship (ownership or compensation), unless the requirements of an applicable exception are satisfied; and (2) prohibits the entity from filing claims with Medicare (or billing another individual, entity, or third party payer) for those DHS furnished as a result of a prohibited referral. Section 1877(d)(2) of the Act provides an exception, known as the rural provider exception, for physician ownership or investment interests in rural providers. In order for an entity to qualify for the rural provider exception, the DHS must be furnished in a rural area (as defined in section 1886(d)(2)(D) of the Act) and substantially all the DHS furnished by the entity must be furnished to individuals residing in a rural area. Section 1877(d)(3) of the Act provides an exception, known as the hospital ownership exception, for physician ownership or investment interests held E:\FR\FM\28OCN1.SGM 28OCN1 EN28OC16.055</GPH> Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 209 / Friday, October 28, 2016 / Notices Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 209 / Friday, October 28, 2016 / Notices mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES in a hospital located outside of Puerto Rico, provided that the referring physician is authorized to perform services at the hospital and the ownership or investment interest is in the hospital itself (and not merely in a subdivision of the hospital). Section 6001(a)(3) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Pub. L. 111–148) as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111– 152) (hereafter referred to together as ‘‘the Affordable Care Act’’) amended the rural provider and hospital ownership exceptions to the physician self-referral prohibition to impose additional restrictions on physician ownership and investment in hospitals. Since March 23, 2010, a physician-owned hospital that seeks to avail itself of either exception is prohibited from expanding facility capacity unless it qualifies as an ‘‘applicable hospital’’ or ‘‘high Medicaid facility’’ (as defined in sections 1877(i)(3)(E), (F) of the Act and 42 CFR 411.362(c)(2), (3) of our regulations) and has been granted an exception to the facility expansion prohibition by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (the Secretary). Section 1877(i)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act provides that individuals and entities in the community in which the provider requesting the exception is located must have an opportunity to provide input with respect to the provider’s request for the exception. Section 1877(i)(3)(H) of the Act states that the Secretary shall publish in the Federal Register the final decision with respect to the request for an exception to the prohibition against facility expansion not later than 60 days after receiving a complete application. II. Exception Approval Process On November 30, 2011, we published a final rule in the Federal Register (76 FR 74122, 74517 through 74525) that, among other things, finalized § 411.362(c), which specified the process for submitting, commenting on, and reviewing a request for an exception to the prohibition on expansion of facility capacity. We published a subsequent final rule in the Federal Register on November 10, 2014 (79 FR 66770) that made certain revisions. These revisions include, among other things, permitting the use of data from an external data source or data from the Hospital Cost Report Information System (HCRIS) for specific eligibility criteria. As stated in regulations at § 411.362(c)(5), we will solicit community input on the request for an exception by publishing a notice of the request in the Federal Register. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:12 Oct 27, 2016 Jkt 241001 Individuals and entities in the hospital’s community will have 30 days to submit comments on the request. Community input must take the form of written comments and may include documentation demonstrating that the physician-owned hospital requesting the exception does or does not qualify as an applicable hospital or high Medicaid facility, as such terms are defined in § 411.362(c)(2) and (3). In the November 30, 2011 final rule (76 FR 74522), we gave examples of community input, such as documentation demonstrating that the hospital does not satisfy one or more of the data criteria or that the hospital discriminates against beneficiaries of Federal health programs; however, we noted that these were examples only and that we will not restrict the type of community input that may be submitted. If we receive timely comments from the community, we will notify the hospital, and the hospital will have 30 days after such notice to submit a rebuttal statement (§ 411.362(c)(5)(ii)). A request for an exception to the facility expansion prohibition is considered complete as follows: • If the request, any written comments, and any rebuttal statement include only HCRIS data: (1) The end of the 30-day comment period if the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) receives no written comments from the community; or (2) the end of the 30-day rebuttal period if CMS receives written comments from the community, regardless of whether the physician-owned hospital submitting the request submits a rebuttal statement (§ 411.362(c)(5)(i)). • If the request, any written comments, or any rebuttal statement include data from an external data source, no later than: (1) 180 days after the end of the 30-day comment period if CMS receives no written comments from the community; and (2) 180 days after the end of the 30-day rebuttal period if CMS receives written comments from the community, regardless of whether the physicianowned hospital submitting the request submits a rebuttal statement (§ 411.362(c)(5)(ii)). If we grant the request for an exception to the prohibition on expansion of facility capacity, the expansion may occur only in facilities on the hospital’s main campus and may not result in the number of operating rooms, procedure rooms, and beds for which the hospital is licensed to exceed 200 percent of the hospital’s baseline number of operating rooms, procedure rooms, and beds (§ 411.362(c)(6)). The CMS decision to grant or deny a PO 00000 Frm 00064 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 75089 hospital’s request for an exception to the prohibition on expansion of facility capacity must be published in the Federal Register in accordance with our regulations at § 411.362(c)(7). III. Public Response to Notice With Comment Period On July 28, 2016, we published a notice in the Federal Register (81 FR 49662) entitled ‘‘Request for an Exception to the Prohibition on Expansion of Facility Capacity under the Hospital Ownership and Rural Provider Exceptions to the Physician Self-Referral Prohibition’’. In the notice, we stated that, as permitted by section 1877(i)(3) of the Act and our regulations at § 411.362(c), the following physicianowned hospital requested an exception to the prohibition on expansion of facility capacity: Name of Facility: Deaconess Women’s Hospital of Southern Indiana d/b/a The Women’s Hospital. Address: 4199 Gateway Blvd., Newburgh, IN 47630. County: Warrick County, Indiana. Basis for Exception Request: High Medicaid Facility. In the notice, we solicited comments from individuals and entities in the community in which The Women’s Hospital is located. During the 30-day public comment period, we received no public comments. IV. Decision This final notice announces our decision to approve The Women’s Hospital’s request for an exception to the prohibition against expansion of facility capacity. As required by the November 30, 2011 final rule (76 FR 74122) and our public guidance documents, The Women’s Hospital submitted the data and certifications necessary to demonstrate that it satisfies the criteria to qualify as a high Medicaid facility. Therefore in accordance with section 1877(i)(3) of the Act, we are granting The Women’s Hospital’s request for an exception to the expansion of facility capacity prohibition based on the following criteria: • The Women’s Hospital is not the sole hospital in the county in which the hospital is located; • With respect to each of the 3 most recent 12-month periods for which data are available as of the date the hospital submitted its request, The Women’s Hospital had an annual percent of total inpatient admissions under Medicaid that is estimated to be greater than such percent with respect to such admissions for any other hospital located in the E:\FR\FM\28OCN1.SGM 28OCN1 75090 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 209 / Friday, October 28, 2016 / Notices county in which the hospital is located; and • The Women’s Hospital certified that it does not discriminate against beneficiaries of Federal health care programs and does not permit physicians practicing at the hospital to discriminate against such beneficiaries. Our decision grants The Women’s Hospital’s request to add a total of 75 operating rooms, procedure rooms, and beds. Pursuant to § 411.362(c)(6), the expansion may occur only in facilities on the hospital’s main campus and may not result in the number of operating rooms, procedure rooms, and beds for which The Women’s Hospital is licensed to exceed 200 percent of its baseline number of operating rooms, procedure rooms, and beds. The Women’s Hospital certified that its baseline number of operating rooms, procedure rooms, and beds is 81. Accordingly, we find that granting an additional 75 operating rooms, procedure rooms, and beds will not exceed the limitation on a permitted expansion. V. Collection of Information Requirements This document does not impose information collection requirements, that is, reporting, recordkeeping or third-party disclosure requirements. Consequently, there is no need for review by the Office of Management and Budget under the authority of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). Dated: October 3, 2016. Andrew M. Slavitt Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. [FR Doc. 2016–26117 Filed 10–27–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4120–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES [CMS–1661–FN] Medicare Program; Approval of Request for an Exception to the Prohibition on Expansion of Facility Capacity Under the Hospital Ownership and Rural Provider Exceptions to the Physician SelfReferral Prohibition for Rockwall Regional Hospital, Limited Liability Company Doing Business as (d/b/a) Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:12 Oct 27, 2016 Jkt 241001 ACTION: Final notice. This final notice announces our decision to approve the request of Rockwall Regional Hospital, Limited Liability Company (LLC) doing business as (d/b/a) Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall (Texas Health Rockwall) for an exception to the prohibition on expansion of facility capacity. SUMMARY: Effective Date: This notice is effective on October 28, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: POH-ExceptionRequests@cms.hhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DATES: I. Background Section 1877 of the Social Security Act (the Act), also known as the physician self-referral law—(1) prohibits a physician from making referrals for certain ‘‘designated health services’’ (DHS) payable by Medicare to an entity with which he or she (or an immediate family member) has a financial relationship (ownership or compensation), unless the requirements of an applicable exception are satisfied; and (2) prohibits the entity from filing claims with Medicare (or billing another individual, entity, or third party payer) for those DHS furnished as a result of a prohibited referral. Section 1877(d)(2) of the Act provides an exception, known as the rural provider exception, for physician ownership or investment interests in rural providers. In order for an entity to qualify for the rural provider exception, the DHS must be furnished in a rural area (as defined in section 1886(d)(2)(D) of the Act) and substantially all the DHS furnished by the entity must be furnished to individuals residing in a rural area. Section 1877(d)(3) of the Act provides an exception, known as the hospital ownership exception, for physician ownership or investment interests held in a hospital located outside of Puerto Rico, provided that the referring physician is authorized to perform services at the hospital and the ownership or investment interest is in the hospital itself (and not merely in a subdivision of the hospital). Section 6001(a)(3) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Pub. L. 111–148) as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111– 152) (hereafter referred to together as ‘‘the Affordable Care Act’’) amended the rural provider and hospital ownership exceptions to the physician self-referral prohibition to impose additional restrictions on physician ownership and PO 00000 Frm 00065 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 investment in hospitals. Since March 23, 2010, a physician-owned hospital that seeks to avail itself of either exception is prohibited from expanding facility capacity unless it qualifies as an ‘‘applicable hospital’’ or ‘‘high Medicaid facility’’ (as defined in sections 1877(i)(3)(E), (F) of the Act and 42 CFR 411.362(c)(2), (3) of our regulations) and has been granted an exception to the facility expansion prohibition by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (the Secretary). Section 1877(i)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act provides that individuals and entities in the community in which the provider requesting the exception is located must have an opportunity to provide input with respect to the provider’s request for the exception. Section 1877(i)(3)(H) of the Act states that the Secretary shall publish in the Federal Register the final decision with respect to the request for an exception to the prohibition against facility expansion not later than 60 days after receiving a complete application. II. Exception Approval Process On November 30, 2011, we published a final rule in the Federal Register (76 FR 74122, 74517 through 74525) that, among other things, finalized § 411.362(c), which specified the process for submitting, commenting on, and reviewing a request for an exception to the prohibition on expansion of facility capacity. We published a subsequent final rule in the Federal Register on November 10, 2014 (79 FR 66770) that made certain revisions. These revisions include, among other things, permitting the use of data from an external data source or data from the Hospital Cost Report Information System (HCRIS) for specific eligibility criteria. As stated in regulations at § 411.362(c)(5), we will solicit community input on the request for an exception by publishing a notice of the request in the Federal Register. Individuals and entities in the hospital’s community will have 30 days to submit comments on the request. Community input must take the form of written comments and may include documentation demonstrating that the physician-owned hospital requesting the exception does or does not qualify as an applicable hospital or high Medicaid facility, as such terms are defined in § 411.362(c)(2) and (3). In the November 30, 2011 final rule (76 FR 74522), we gave examples of community input, such as documentation demonstrating that the hospital does not satisfy one or more of the data criteria or that the hospital discriminates against beneficiaries of Federal health E:\FR\FM\28OCN1.SGM 28OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

[CMS-1667-FN]


Medicare Program; Approval of Request for an Exception to the 
Prohibition on Expansion of Facility Capacity Under the Hospital 
Ownership and Rural Provider Exceptions to the Physician Self-Referral 
Prohibition

AGENCY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS.

ACTION: Final notice.

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SUMMARY: This final notice announces our decision to approve the 
request of Deaconess Women's Hospital of Southern Indiana doing 
business as (d/b/a) The Women's Hospital (The Women's Hospital) for an 
exception to the prohibition on expansion of facility capacity.

DATES: Effective Date: This notice is effective on October 28, 2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
    POH-ExceptionRequests@cms.hhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    Section 1877 of the Social Security Act (the Act), also known as 
the physician self-referral law--(1) prohibits a physician from making 
referrals for certain ``designated health services'' (DHS) payable by 
Medicare to an entity with which he or she (or an immediate family 
member) has a financial relationship (ownership or compensation), 
unless the requirements of an applicable exception are satisfied; and 
(2) prohibits the entity from filing claims with Medicare (or billing 
another individual, entity, or third party payer) for those DHS 
furnished as a result of a prohibited referral.
    Section 1877(d)(2) of the Act provides an exception, known as the 
rural provider exception, for physician ownership or investment 
interests in rural providers. In order for an entity to qualify for the 
rural provider exception, the DHS must be furnished in a rural area (as 
defined in section 1886(d)(2)(D) of the Act) and substantially all the 
DHS furnished by the entity must be furnished to individuals residing 
in a rural area.
    Section 1877(d)(3) of the Act provides an exception, known as the 
hospital ownership exception, for physician ownership or investment 
interests held

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in a hospital located outside of Puerto Rico, provided that the 
referring physician is authorized to perform services at the hospital 
and the ownership or investment interest is in the hospital itself (and 
not merely in a subdivision of the hospital).
    Section 6001(a)(3) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care 
Act (Pub. L. 111-148) as amended by the Health Care and Education 
Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-152) (hereafter referred to 
together as ``the Affordable Care Act'') amended the rural provider and 
hospital ownership exceptions to the physician self-referral 
prohibition to impose additional restrictions on physician ownership 
and investment in hospitals. Since March 23, 2010, a physician-owned 
hospital that seeks to avail itself of either exception is prohibited 
from expanding facility capacity unless it qualifies as an ``applicable 
hospital'' or ``high Medicaid facility'' (as defined in sections 
1877(i)(3)(E), (F) of the Act and 42 CFR 411.362(c)(2), (3) of our 
regulations) and has been granted an exception to the facility 
expansion prohibition by the Secretary of the Department of Health and 
Human Services (the Secretary). Section 1877(i)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act 
provides that individuals and entities in the community in which the 
provider requesting the exception is located must have an opportunity 
to provide input with respect to the provider's request for the 
exception. Section 1877(i)(3)(H) of the Act states that the Secretary 
shall publish in the Federal Register the final decision with respect 
to the request for an exception to the prohibition against facility 
expansion not later than 60 days after receiving a complete 
application.

II. Exception Approval Process

    On November 30, 2011, we published a final rule in the Federal 
Register (76 FR 74122, 74517 through 74525) that, among other things, 
finalized Sec.  411.362(c), which specified the process for submitting, 
commenting on, and reviewing a request for an exception to the 
prohibition on expansion of facility capacity. We published a 
subsequent final rule in the Federal Register on November 10, 2014 (79 
FR 66770) that made certain revisions. These revisions include, among 
other things, permitting the use of data from an external data source 
or data from the Hospital Cost Report Information System (HCRIS) for 
specific eligibility criteria.
    As stated in regulations at Sec.  411.362(c)(5), we will solicit 
community input on the request for an exception by publishing a notice 
of the request in the Federal Register. Individuals and entities in the 
hospital's community will have 30 days to submit comments on the 
request. Community input must take the form of written comments and may 
include documentation demonstrating that the physician-owned hospital 
requesting the exception does or does not qualify as an applicable 
hospital or high Medicaid facility, as such terms are defined in Sec.  
411.362(c)(2) and (3). In the November 30, 2011 final rule (76 FR 
74522), we gave examples of community input, such as documentation 
demonstrating that the hospital does not satisfy one or more of the 
data criteria or that the hospital discriminates against beneficiaries 
of Federal health programs; however, we noted that these were examples 
only and that we will not restrict the type of community input that may 
be submitted. If we receive timely comments from the community, we will 
notify the hospital, and the hospital will have 30 days after such 
notice to submit a rebuttal statement (Sec.  411.362(c)(5)(ii)).
    A request for an exception to the facility expansion prohibition is 
considered complete as follows:
     If the request, any written comments, and any rebuttal 
statement include only HCRIS data: (1) The end of the 30-day comment 
period if the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) receives 
no written comments from the community; or (2) the end of the 30-day 
rebuttal period if CMS receives written comments from the community, 
regardless of whether the physician-owned hospital submitting the 
request submits a rebuttal statement (Sec.  411.362(c)(5)(i)).
     If the request, any written comments, or any rebuttal 
statement include data from an external data source, no later than: (1) 
180 days after the end of the 30-day comment period if CMS receives no 
written comments from the community; and (2) 180 days after the end of 
the 30-day rebuttal period if CMS receives written comments from the 
community, regardless of whether the physician-owned hospital 
submitting the request submits a rebuttal statement (Sec.  
411.362(c)(5)(ii)).
    If we grant the request for an exception to the prohibition on 
expansion of facility capacity, the expansion may occur only in 
facilities on the hospital's main campus and may not result in the 
number of operating rooms, procedure rooms, and beds for which the 
hospital is licensed to exceed 200 percent of the hospital's baseline 
number of operating rooms, procedure rooms, and beds (Sec.  
411.362(c)(6)). The CMS decision to grant or deny a hospital's request 
for an exception to the prohibition on expansion of facility capacity 
must be published in the Federal Register in accordance with our 
regulations at Sec.  411.362(c)(7).

III. Public Response to Notice With Comment Period

    On July 28, 2016, we published a notice in the Federal Register (81 
FR 49662) entitled ``Request for an Exception to the Prohibition on 
Expansion of Facility Capacity under the Hospital Ownership and Rural 
Provider Exceptions to the Physician Self-Referral Prohibition''. In 
the notice, we stated that, as permitted by section 1877(i)(3) of the 
Act and our regulations at Sec.  411.362(c), the following physician-
owned hospital requested an exception to the prohibition on expansion 
of facility capacity:
    Name of Facility: Deaconess Women's Hospital of Southern Indiana d/
b/a The Women's Hospital.
    Address: 4199 Gateway Blvd., Newburgh, IN 47630.
    County: Warrick County, Indiana.
    Basis for Exception Request: High Medicaid Facility.
    In the notice, we solicited comments from individuals and entities 
in the community in which The Women's Hospital is located. During the 
30-day public comment period, we received no public comments.

IV. Decision

    This final notice announces our decision to approve The Women's 
Hospital's request for an exception to the prohibition against 
expansion of facility capacity. As required by the November 30, 2011 
final rule (76 FR 74122) and our public guidance documents, The Women's 
Hospital submitted the data and certifications necessary to demonstrate 
that it satisfies the criteria to qualify as a high Medicaid facility. 
Therefore in accordance with section 1877(i)(3) of the Act, we are 
granting The Women's Hospital's request for an exception to the 
expansion of facility capacity prohibition based on the following 
criteria:
     The Women's Hospital is not the sole hospital in the 
county in which the hospital is located;
     With respect to each of the 3 most recent 12-month periods 
for which data are available as of the date the hospital submitted its 
request, The Women's Hospital had an annual percent of total inpatient 
admissions under Medicaid that is estimated to be greater than such 
percent with respect to such admissions for any other hospital located 
in the

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county in which the hospital is located; and
     The Women's Hospital certified that it does not 
discriminate against beneficiaries of Federal health care programs and 
does not permit physicians practicing at the hospital to discriminate 
against such beneficiaries.
    Our decision grants The Women's Hospital's request to add a total 
of 75 operating rooms, procedure rooms, and beds. Pursuant to Sec.  
411.362(c)(6), the expansion may occur only in facilities on the 
hospital's main campus and may not result in the number of operating 
rooms, procedure rooms, and beds for which The Women's Hospital is 
licensed to exceed 200 percent of its baseline number of operating 
rooms, procedure rooms, and beds. The Women's Hospital certified that 
its baseline number of operating rooms, procedure rooms, and beds is 
81. Accordingly, we find that granting an additional 75 operating 
rooms, procedure rooms, and beds will not exceed the limitation on a 
permitted expansion.

V. Collection of Information Requirements

    This document does not impose information collection requirements, 
that is, reporting, recordkeeping or third-party disclosure 
requirements. Consequently, there is no need for review by the Office 
of Management and Budget under the authority of the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.).

    Dated: October 3, 2016.
Andrew M. Slavitt
Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
[FR Doc. 2016-26117 Filed 10-27-16; 8:45 am]
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