Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Application From the Community Health Accreditation Partner for Continued CMS Approval of Its Hospice Accreditation Program, 27992-27993 [2018-12840]

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Hearl, Chief of Staff, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 4163–19–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:11 Jun 14, 2018 Jkt 244001 This proposed notice acknowledges the receipt of an application from the Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP) for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for hospices that wish to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs. DATES: To be assured consideration, comments must be received at one of the addresses provided below, no later than 5 p.m. on July 16, 2018. ADDRESSES: In commenting, please refer to file code CMS–3360–PN. Because of staff and resource limitations, we cannot accept comments by facsimile (FAX) transmission. Comments, including mass comment submissions, must be submitted in one of the following three ways (please choose only one of the ways listed): 1. Electronically. You may submit electronic comments on this regulation to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the ‘‘Submit a comment’’ instructions. 2. By regular mail. You may mail written comments to the following address ONLY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: CMS–3360–PN, P.O. Box 8010, Baltimore, MD 21244–8010. Please allow sufficient time for mailed comments to be received before the close of the comment period. 3. By express or overnight mail. You may send written comments to the following address ONLY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: CMS–3360–PN, Mail Stop C4–26–05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244–1850. For information on viewing public comments, see the beginning of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lillian Williams, (410) 786–8636, Monda Shaver, (410) 786–3410, or Marie Vasbinder, (410) 786–8665. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Inspection of Public Comments: All comments SUMMARY: Notice of availability. [FR Doc. 2018–12821 Filed 6–14–18; 8:45 am] Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Application From the Community Health Accreditation Partner for Continued CMS Approval of Its Hospice Accreditation Program PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 received before the close of the comment period are available for viewing by the public, including any personally identifiable or confidential business information that is included in a comment. We post all comments received before the close of the comment period on the following website as soon as possible after they have been received: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the search instructions on that website to view public comments. I. Background Under the Medicare program, eligible beneficiaries may receive covered services in a hospice provided certain requirements are met by the hospice. Sections 1861(dd) of the Social Security Act (the Act) establishes distinct criteria for facilities seeking designation as a hospice. Regulations concerning provider agreements are at 42 CFR part 489 and those pertaining to activities relating to the survey and certification of facilities are at 42 CFR part 488. The regulations at 42 CFR part 418, specify the conditions that a hospice must meet in order to participate in the Medicare program, the scope of covered services and the conditions for Medicare payment for hospices. Generally, to enter into an agreement, a hospice must first be certified by a State survey agency as complying with the conditions or requirements set forth in part 418. Thereafter, the hospice is subject to regular surveys by a State survey agency to determine whether it continues to meet these requirements. However, there is an alternative to surveys by state agencies. Section 1865(a)(1) of the Act provides that, if a provider entity demonstrates through accreditation by an approved national accrediting organization that all applicable Medicare conditions are met or exceeded, we will deem those provider entities as having met the requirements. Accreditation by an accrediting organization is voluntary and is not required for Medicare participation. If an accrediting organization is recognized by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services as having standards for accreditation that meet or exceed Medicare requirements, any provider entity accredited by the national accrediting body’s approved program would be deemed to meet the Medicare conditions. A national accrediting organization applying for deeming authority under part 488, subpart A, must provide the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) with reasonable assurance that the E:\FR\FM\15JNN1.SGM 15JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 116 / Friday, June 15, 2018 / Notices accrediting organization requires the accredited provider entities to meet requirements that are at least as stringent as the Medicare conditions. Our regulations concerning the reapproval of accrediting organizations are set forth at § 488.5. The regulations at § 488.5(e)(2)(i) require accrediting organizations to reapply for continued deeming authority every 6 years or sooner as we determine. The Community Health Accreditation Partner’s (CHAP’s) term of approval for its hospice accreditation program expires November 20, 2018. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES II. Approval of Deeming Organizations Section 1865(a)(2) of the Act and our regulations at § 488.5 require that our findings concerning review and approval of a national accrediting organization’s requirements consider, among other factors, the applying accrediting organization’s requirements for accreditation; survey procedures; resources for conducting required surveys; capacity to furnish information for use in enforcement activities; monitoring procedures for provider entities found not in compliance with the conditions or requirements; and ability to provide CMS with the necessary data for validation. Section 1865(a)(3)(A) of the Act further requires that we publish within 60 days of receipt of an organization’s complete application, a notice identifying the national accrediting body making the request, describing the nature of the request, and providing at least a 30-day public comment period. We have 210 days from the receipt of a complete application to publish notice of approval or denial of the application. The purpose of this proposed notice is to inform the public of CHAP’s request for continued CMS approval of its hospice accreditation program. This notice also solicits public comment on whether CHAP’s requirements meet or exceed the Medicare conditions for participation for hospices. III. Evaluation of Deeming Authority Request CHAP submitted all the necessary materials to enable us to make a determination concerning its request for continued approval of its hospice accreditation program. This application was determined to be complete on April 24, 2018. Under section 1865(a)(2) of the Act and our regulations at § 488.5 (Application and re-application procedures for national organizations), our review and evaluation of CHAP will be conducted in accordance with, but not necessarily limited to, the following factors: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:11 Jun 14, 2018 Jkt 244001 • The equivalency of CHAP’s standards for hospices as compared with CMS’ hospice conditions of participation. • CHAP’s survey process to determine the following: ++ CHAP’s composition of the survey team, surveyor qualifications, and the ability of the organization to provide continuing surveyor training. ++ CHAP’s processes compared to those of State agencies, including survey frequency, and the ability to investigate and respond appropriately to complaints against accredited facilities. ++ CHAP’s processes and procedures for monitoring a hospice found out of compliance with CHAP’s program requirements. These monitoring procedures are used only when CHAP identifies noncompliance. If noncompliance is identified through validation reviews, the State survey agency monitors corrections as specified at § 488.9(c). ++ CHAP’s capacity to report deficiencies to the surveyed facilities and respond to the facility’s plan of correction in a timely manner. ++ CHAP’s capacity to provide CMS with electronic data, and reports necessary for effective validation and assessment of the organization’s survey process. ++ CHAP’s staff adequacy and other resources, and its financial viability. ++ CHAP’s capacity to adequately fund required surveys. ++ CHAP’s policies with respect to whether surveys are announced or unannounced, to assure that surveys are unannounced. ++ CHAP’s agreement to provide CMS with a copy of the most current accreditation survey together with any other information related to the survey as we may require (including corrective action plans). Upon completion of our evaluation, including evaluation of comments received as a result of this proposed notice, we will publish a final notice in the Federal Register announcing the result of our evaluation. III. 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.). IV. Response to Comments Because of the large number of public comments we normally receive on PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 27993 Federal Register documents, we are not able to acknowledge or respond to them individually. 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This meeting will focus on the state of evidence on Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T-cell therapies that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). We are seeking the MEDCAC’s recommendations regarding collection of patient reported outcomes (PRO) in cancer clinical studies. The MEDCAC will specifically focus on appraisal of evidence-based PRO assessments to provide information that impacts patients, their providers, and caregivers after a CAR T-cell therapy intervention for the patient’s cancer. This meeting is open to the public in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. DATES: Meeting Date: The public meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Deadline for Submission of Written Comments: Written comments must be received at the address specified in the ADDRESSES section of this notice by 5:00 p.m., EDT, Monday, July 16, 2018. Once submitted, all comments are final. 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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

[CMS-3360-PN]


Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Application From the Community 
Health Accreditation Partner for Continued CMS Approval of Its Hospice 
Accreditation Program

AGENCY: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS.

ACTION: Proposed notice.

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SUMMARY: This proposed notice acknowledges the receipt of an 
application from the Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP) for 
continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for 
hospices that wish to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs.

DATES: To be assured consideration, comments must be received at one of 
the addresses provided below, no later than 5 p.m. on July 16, 2018.

ADDRESSES: In commenting, please refer to file code CMS-3360-PN. 
Because of staff and resource limitations, we cannot accept comments by 
facsimile (FAX) transmission.
    Comments, including mass comment submissions, must be submitted in 
one of the following three ways (please choose only one of the ways 
listed):
    1. Electronically. You may submit electronic comments on this 
regulation to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the ``Submit a 
comment'' instructions.
    2. By regular mail. You may mail written comments to the following 
address ONLY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of 
Health and Human Services, Attention: CMS-3360-PN, P.O. Box 8010, 
Baltimore, MD 21244-8010.
    Please allow sufficient time for mailed comments to be received 
before the close of the comment period.
    3. By express or overnight mail. You may send written comments to 
the following address ONLY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 
Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: CMS-3360-PN, Mail 
Stop C4-26-05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244-1850.
    For information on viewing public comments, see the beginning of 
the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lillian Williams, (410) 786-8636, 
Monda Shaver, (410) 786-3410, or Marie Vasbinder, (410) 786-8665.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Inspection of Public Comments: All comments 
received before the close of the comment period are available for 
viewing by the public, including any personally identifiable or 
confidential business information that is included in a comment. We 
post all comments received before the close of the comment period on 
the following website as soon as possible after they have been 
received: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the search instructions on 
that website to view public comments.

I. Background

    Under the Medicare program, eligible beneficiaries may receive 
covered services in a hospice provided certain requirements are met by 
the hospice. Sections 1861(dd) of the Social Security Act (the Act) 
establishes distinct criteria for facilities seeking designation as a 
hospice. Regulations concerning provider agreements are at 42 CFR part 
489 and those pertaining to activities relating to the survey and 
certification of facilities are at 42 CFR part 488. The regulations at 
42 CFR part 418, specify the conditions that a hospice must meet in 
order to participate in the Medicare program, the scope of covered 
services and the conditions for Medicare payment for hospices.
    Generally, to enter into an agreement, a hospice must first be 
certified by a State survey agency as complying with the conditions or 
requirements set forth in part 418. Thereafter, the hospice is subject 
to regular surveys by a State survey agency to determine whether it 
continues to meet these requirements.
    However, there is an alternative to surveys by state agencies. 
Section 1865(a)(1) of the Act provides that, if a provider entity 
demonstrates through accreditation by an approved national accrediting 
organization that all applicable Medicare conditions are met or 
exceeded, we will deem those provider entities as having met the 
requirements. Accreditation by an accrediting organization is voluntary 
and is not required for Medicare participation.
    If an accrediting organization is recognized by the Secretary of 
the Department of Health and Human Services as having standards for 
accreditation that meet or exceed Medicare requirements, any provider 
entity accredited by the national accrediting body's approved program 
would be deemed to meet the Medicare conditions. A national accrediting 
organization applying for deeming authority under part 488, subpart A, 
must provide the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) with 
reasonable assurance that the

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accrediting organization requires the accredited provider entities to 
meet requirements that are at least as stringent as the Medicare 
conditions. Our regulations concerning the reapproval of accrediting 
organizations are set forth at Sec.  488.5. The regulations at Sec.  
488.5(e)(2)(i) require accrediting organizations to reapply for 
continued deeming authority every 6 years or sooner as we determine.
    The Community Health Accreditation Partner's (CHAP's) term of 
approval for its hospice accreditation program expires November 20, 
2018.

II. Approval of Deeming Organizations

    Section 1865(a)(2) of the Act and our regulations at Sec.  488.5 
require that our findings concerning review and approval of a national 
accrediting organization's requirements consider, among other factors, 
the applying accrediting organization's requirements for accreditation; 
survey procedures; resources for conducting required surveys; capacity 
to furnish information for use in enforcement activities; monitoring 
procedures for provider entities found not in compliance with the 
conditions or requirements; and ability to provide CMS with the 
necessary data for validation.
    Section 1865(a)(3)(A) of the Act further requires that we publish 
within 60 days of receipt of an organization's complete application, a 
notice identifying the national accrediting body making the request, 
describing the nature of the request, and providing at least a 30-day 
public comment period. We have 210 days from the receipt of a complete 
application to publish notice of approval or denial of the application.
    The purpose of this proposed notice is to inform the public of 
CHAP's request for continued CMS approval of its hospice accreditation 
program. This notice also solicits public comment on whether CHAP's 
requirements meet or exceed the Medicare conditions for participation 
for hospices.

III. Evaluation of Deeming Authority Request

    CHAP submitted all the necessary materials to enable us to make a 
determination concerning its request for continued approval of its 
hospice accreditation program. This application was determined to be 
complete on April 24, 2018. Under section 1865(a)(2) of the Act and our 
regulations at Sec.  488.5 (Application and re-application procedures 
for national organizations), our review and evaluation of CHAP will be 
conducted in accordance with, but not necessarily limited to, the 
following factors:
     The equivalency of CHAP's standards for hospices as 
compared with CMS' hospice conditions of participation.
     CHAP's survey process to determine the following:
    ++ CHAP's composition of the survey team, surveyor qualifications, 
and the ability of the organization to provide continuing surveyor 
training.
    ++ CHAP's processes compared to those of State agencies, including 
survey frequency, and the ability to investigate and respond 
appropriately to complaints against accredited facilities.
    ++ CHAP's processes and procedures for monitoring a hospice found 
out of compliance with CHAP's program requirements. These monitoring 
procedures are used only when CHAP identifies noncompliance. If 
noncompliance is identified through validation reviews, the State 
survey agency monitors corrections as specified at Sec.  488.9(c).
    ++ CHAP's capacity to report deficiencies to the surveyed 
facilities and respond to the facility's plan of correction in a timely 
manner.
    ++ CHAP's capacity to provide CMS with electronic data, and reports 
necessary for effective validation and assessment of the organization's 
survey process.
    ++ CHAP's staff adequacy and other resources, and its financial 
viability.
    ++ CHAP's capacity to adequately fund required surveys.
    ++ CHAP's policies with respect to whether surveys are announced or 
unannounced, to assure that surveys are unannounced.
    ++ CHAP's agreement to provide CMS with a copy of the most current 
accreditation survey together with any other information related to the 
survey as we may require (including corrective action plans).
    Upon completion of our evaluation, including evaluation of comments 
received as a result of this proposed notice, we will publish a final 
notice in the Federal Register announcing the result of our evaluation.

III. 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.).

IV. Response to Comments

    Because of the large number of public comments we normally receive 
on Federal Register documents, we are not able to acknowledge or 
respond to them individually. We will consider all comments we receive 
by the date and time specified in the DATES section of this preamble, 
and, when we proceed with a subsequent document, we will respond to the 
comments in the preamble to that document.

    Dated: May 29, 2018.
Seema Verma,
Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
[FR Doc. 2018-12840 Filed 6-14-18; 8:45 am]
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