Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Accreditation Commission for Health Care, Inc (ACHC) for Approval of its End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Facility Accreditation Program, 55172-55174 [2018-23925]

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[FR Doc. 2018–23974 Filed 11–1–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4163–18–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [CMS–3371–PN] Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Accreditation Commission for Health Care, Inc (ACHC) for Approval of its End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Facility Accreditation Program Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS. ACTION: Notice with request for comment. AGENCY: This proposed notice acknowledges the receipt of an application from the Accreditation Commission for Health Care, Inc., for recognition as a national accrediting organization for End Stage Renal Disease Facilities 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 December 3, 2018. ADDRESSES: In commenting, refer to file code CMS–3371–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): SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\02NON1.SGM 02NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 213 / Friday, November 2, 2018 / Notices 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–3371–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–3371–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: Monda Shaver, (410) 786–3410, Joann Fitzell, (410) 786–4280, or Renee Henry, (410) 786–7828. 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 from an end-stage renal disease (ESRD) facility provided the facility meets the requirements established by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (the Secretary). Section 1881(b) of the Social Security Act (the Act) establishes distinct requirements for facilities seeking designation as an ESRD facility under Medicare. Regulations concerning provider agreements and supplier approval are at 42 CFR part 489 and those pertaining to activities relating to the survey, certification, and enforcement procedures of suppliers which include ESRD facilities are at 42 CFR part 488. The regulations at 42 CFR part 494 subparts A through D implement section 1881(b) of the Act, which specify the conditions that an VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:57 Nov 01, 2018 Jkt 247001 ESRD facility must meet in order to participate in the Medicare program and the conditions for Medicare payment for ESRD facilities. Generally, to enter into a Medicare agreement, an ESRD facility must first be certified by a State survey agency (SA) as complying with the conditions or requirements set forth in part 494 subparts A through D of our Medicare regulations. Thereafter, the ESRD facility is subject to regular surveys by a SA to determine whether it continues to meet these requirements. Section 1865(a)(1) of the Act provides that, if a provider entity demonstrates through accreditation by a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved national accrediting organization (AO) that all applicable Medicare conditions are met or exceeded, we may deem those provider entities as having met the requirements. Section 1865(a)(1) of the Act had historically excluded dialysis facilities from participating in Medicare via a CMS-approved accreditation program; however, section 50404 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 amended section 1865(a) of the Act to include renal dialysis facilities as provider entities allowed to participate in Medicare through a CMS-approved accreditation program. Accreditation by an AO is voluntary and is not required for Medicare participation. If an AO is recognized by the Secretary as having standards for accreditation that meet or exceed Medicare requirements, any provider entity accredited by the national accrediting body’s approved program may be deemed to meet the Medicare conditions. An AO applying for approval of its accreditation program under part 488, subpart A, must provide CMS with reasonable assurance that the AO requires the accredited provider entities to meet requirements that are at least as stringent as the Medicare conditions. Our regulations concerning the approval of AOs are set forth at § 488.5. II. Provisions of the Proposed Notice A. 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 an AO’s requirements consider, among other factors, the applying AO’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 PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 55173 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 Accreditation Commission for Health Care, Inc.’s (ACHC’s) request for CMS-approval of its ESRD facility accreditation program. This notice also solicits public comment on whether ACHC’s requirements meet or exceed the Medicare conditions for coverage (CfCs) for ESRD facilities. B. Evaluation of Deeming Authority Request ACHC submitted all the necessary materials to enable us to make a determination concerning its request for CMS-approval of its ESRD facility accreditation program. This application was determined to be complete on September 13, 2018. Under section 1865(a)(2) of the Act and regulations at § 488.5, our review and evaluation of ACHC will be conducted in accordance with, but not necessarily limited to, the following factors: • The equivalency of ACHC’s standards for ESRD facilities as compared with Medicare’s CfCs for ESRD facilities. • ACHC’s survey process to determine the following: ++ The composition of the survey team, surveyor qualifications, and the ability of the organization to provide continuing surveyor training. ++ The comparability of ACHC’s processes to those of State agencies, including survey frequency, and the ability to investigate and respond appropriately to complaints against accredited facilities. ++ ACHC’s processes and procedures for monitoring an ESRD facility found out of compliance with ACHC’s program requirements. These monitoring procedures are used only when ACHC identifies noncompliance. If noncompliance is identified through validation reviews or complaint surveys, the State survey agency monitors corrections as specified at § 488.9(c)(1). ++ ACHC’s capacity to report deficiencies to the surveyed facilities and respond to the facility’s plan of correction in a timely manner. E:\FR\FM\02NON1.SGM 02NON1 55174 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 213 / Friday, November 2, 2018 / Notices 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. Chapter 35). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is responsible for administering the Medicare and Medicaid programs and coordination and oversight of private health insurance. Administration and oversight of these programs involves the following: (1) Furnishing information to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, health care providers, and the public; and (2) maintaining effective communications with CMS regional VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:57 Nov 01, 2018 Jkt 247001 IV. Response to Public 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. Upon completion of our evaluation, including evaluation of comments received as a result of this notice, we will publish a final notice in the Federal Register announcing the result of our evaluation. Dated: October 19, 2018. Seema Verma, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. [FR Doc. 2018–23925 Filed 11–1–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4120–01–P offices, state governments, state Medicaid agencies, state survey agencies, various providers of health care, all Medicare contractors that process claims and pay bills, National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), health insurers, and other stakeholders. To implement the various statutes on which the programs are based, we issue regulations under the authority granted to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services under sections 1102, 1871, 1902, and related provisions of the Social Security Act (the Act) and Public PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [CMS–9111–N] Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Quarterly Listing of Program Issua nces—July Through September 2018 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS. ACTION: Notice. 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Section 1871(c) of the Act requires that we publish a list of all Medicare manual instructions, interpretive rules, statements of policy, and guidelines of general applicability not issued as regulations at least every 3 months in the Federal Register. E:\FR\FM\02NON1.SGM 02NON1 EN02No18.000</GPH> ++ ACHC’s capacity to provide CMS with electronic data and reports necessary for effective validation and assessment of the organization’s survey process. ++ The adequacy of ACHC’s staff and other resources, and its financial viability. ++ ACHC’s capacity to adequately fund required surveys. ++ ACHC’s policies with respect to whether surveys are announced or unannounced, to assure that surveys are unannounced. ++ ACHC’s agreement to provide CMS with a copy of the most current accreditation survey together with any other information related to the survey as CMS may require (including corrective action plans).

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

[CMS-3371-PN]


Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Accreditation Commission for 
Health Care, Inc (ACHC) for Approval of its End Stage Renal Disease 
(ESRD) Facility Accreditation Program

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

ACTION: Notice with request for comment.

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SUMMARY: This proposed notice acknowledges the receipt of an 
application from the Accreditation Commission for Health Care, Inc., 
for recognition as a national accrediting organization for End Stage 
Renal Disease Facilities 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 December 3, 2018.

ADDRESSES: In commenting, refer to file code CMS-3371-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):

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    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-3371-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-3371-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: Monda Shaver, (410) 786-3410, Joann 
Fitzell, (410) 786-4280, or Renee Henry, (410) 786-7828.

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 from an end-stage renal disease (ESRD) facility 
provided the facility meets the requirements established by the 
Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (the 
Secretary). Section 1881(b) of the Social Security Act (the Act) 
establishes distinct requirements for facilities seeking designation as 
an ESRD facility under Medicare. Regulations concerning provider 
agreements and supplier approval are at 42 CFR part 489 and those 
pertaining to activities relating to the survey, certification, and 
enforcement procedures of suppliers which include ESRD facilities are 
at 42 CFR part 488. The regulations at 42 CFR part 494 subparts A 
through D implement section 1881(b) of the Act, which specify the 
conditions that an ESRD facility must meet in order to participate in 
the Medicare program and the conditions for Medicare payment for ESRD 
facilities.
    Generally, to enter into a Medicare agreement, an ESRD facility 
must first be certified by a State survey agency (SA) as complying with 
the conditions or requirements set forth in part 494 subparts A through 
D of our Medicare regulations. Thereafter, the ESRD facility is subject 
to regular surveys by a SA to determine whether it continues to meet 
these requirements.
    Section 1865(a)(1) of the Act provides that, if a provider entity 
demonstrates through accreditation by a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid 
Services (CMS) approved national accrediting organization (AO) that all 
applicable Medicare conditions are met or exceeded, we may deem those 
provider entities as having met the requirements. Section 1865(a)(1) of 
the Act had historically excluded dialysis facilities from 
participating in Medicare via a CMS-approved accreditation program; 
however, section 50404 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 amended 
section 1865(a) of the Act to include renal dialysis facilities as 
provider entities allowed to participate in Medicare through a CMS-
approved accreditation program. Accreditation by an AO is voluntary and 
is not required for Medicare participation.
    If an AO is recognized by the Secretary as having standards for 
accreditation that meet or exceed Medicare requirements, any provider 
entity accredited by the national accrediting body's approved program 
may be deemed to meet the Medicare conditions. An AO applying for 
approval of its accreditation program under part 488, subpart A, must 
provide CMS with reasonable assurance that the AO requires the 
accredited provider entities to meet requirements that are at least as 
stringent as the Medicare conditions. Our regulations concerning the 
approval of AOs are set forth at Sec.  488.5.

II. Provisions of the Proposed Notice

A. 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 an AO's 
requirements consider, among other factors, the applying AO'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 
Accreditation Commission for Health Care, Inc.'s (ACHC's) request for 
CMS-approval of its ESRD facility accreditation program. This notice 
also solicits public comment on whether ACHC's requirements meet or 
exceed the Medicare conditions for coverage (CfCs) for ESRD facilities.

B. Evaluation of Deeming Authority Request

    ACHC submitted all the necessary materials to enable us to make a 
determination concerning its request for CMS-approval of its ESRD 
facility accreditation program. This application was determined to be 
complete on September 13, 2018. Under section 1865(a)(2) of the Act and 
regulations at Sec.  488.5, our review and evaluation of ACHC will be 
conducted in accordance with, but not necessarily limited to, the 
following factors:
     The equivalency of ACHC's standards for ESRD facilities as 
compared with Medicare's CfCs for ESRD facilities.
     ACHC's survey process to determine the following:
    ++ The composition of the survey team, surveyor qualifications, and 
the ability of the organization to provide continuing surveyor 
training.
    ++ The comparability of ACHC's processes to those of State 
agencies, including survey frequency, and the ability to investigate 
and respond appropriately to complaints against accredited facilities.
    ++ ACHC's processes and procedures for monitoring an ESRD facility 
found out of compliance with ACHC's program requirements. These 
monitoring procedures are used only when ACHC identifies noncompliance. 
If noncompliance is identified through validation reviews or complaint 
surveys, the State survey agency monitors corrections as specified at 
Sec.  488.9(c)(1).
    ++ ACHC's capacity to report deficiencies to the surveyed 
facilities and respond to the facility's plan of correction in a timely 
manner.

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    ++ ACHC's capacity to provide CMS with electronic data and reports 
necessary for effective validation and assessment of the organization's 
survey process.
    ++ The adequacy of ACHC's staff and other resources, and its 
financial viability.
    ++ ACHC's capacity to adequately fund required surveys.
    ++ ACHC's policies with respect to whether surveys are announced or 
unannounced, to assure that surveys are unannounced.
    ++ ACHC's agreement to provide CMS with a copy of the most current 
accreditation survey together with any other information related to the 
survey as CMS may require (including corrective action plans).

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. Chapter 35).

IV. Response to Public 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.
    Upon completion of our evaluation, including evaluation of comments 
received as a result of this notice, we will publish a final notice in 
the Federal Register announcing the result of our evaluation.

    Dated: October 19, 2018.
Seema Verma,
Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
[FR Doc. 2018-23925 Filed 11-1-18; 8:45 am]
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