CMS issues proposed rules on the Community First Choice Option

On Friday, Feb. 25, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register regarding the Community First Choice (CFC) Option. The CFC Option is a new Medicaid provision, added by the Affordable Care Act, to allow states to provide a comprehensive community-based service to people who would otherwise need a nursing home or institutional level of care. The CFC Option will provide states with an additional 6 percent federal matching rate in reimbursement for services provided to eligible people under the option. The DPC will be analyzing the proposed regulations for the CFC Option over the next several weeks and provide that analysis and suggested comments to chapters and affiliates prior to the due date for comments. Public comments must be received by CMS no later than 5:00 pm on April 26. View the NPRM at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-02-25/pdf/2011-3946.pdf

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