CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; CY 2022 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update; Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model Requirements and Proposed Model Expansion; Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements; Home Infusion Therapy Services Requirements; Survey and Enforcement Requirements for Hospice Programs; Medicare Provider Enrollment Requirements; Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Quality Reporting Program Requirements; and Long-Term Care Hospital Quality Reporting Program Requirements

Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updating the home health and home infusion therapy services payment rates for calendar year (CY) 2022. This rule also proposes changes to the Home Health Quality Reporting Program (QRP), making permanent selected regulatory waivers related to home health aide supervision implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic, and expanding the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model. Also discusses survey and enforcement requirements for hospice programs and quality reporting program requirements for inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-term care hospitals, among other things. Comments on this proposed rule are due by August 27, 2021.
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There has been a lot of focus on early stage investigator (ESI) extension requests in the community recently. And we certainly understand why. The experience of the COVID-19 public health emergency has brought into sharp focus that the effects of the pandemic on careers and life in general may continue for years to come. This fact has led us to revisit our approach to granting ESI extension requests. In doing so, we would like to clarify an FAQ that stated that NIH will not approve ESI extensions that are requested during a previous extension period.  We understand that life does not happen sequentially, thus the FAQ ...
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