Federal Regulations

Final Rule: Quality Reporting for Hospices

Published in the August 4, 2011 Federal Register as part of the final rules on the Hospice Wage Index for Fiscal Year 2012, implementation of a hospice quality reporting program. (Discussion begins on page 47318)

Effective Date: October 1, 2011

Final Rules: Quality Reporting Program for Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities

Published in the August 5, 2011 Federal Register, final CMS rule to establish a new quality reporting program that provides for a 2 percent reduction in the annual increase factor beginning in 2014 for failure to report quality data to the Secretary of HHS.

Effective Date: October 1, 2011.

Final Rule: Hospice Face-to-Face Requirement

Published in the August 4, 2011 Federal Register as part of the final rules on the Hospice Wage Index for Fiscal Year 2012, implementation of the requirement for a hospice physician or nurse practitioner to have a face-to-face encounter with every hospice patient prior to the 180- day recertification of the patient’s terminal illness to determine continued eligibility. (Discussion begins on page 47314)

Effective Date: January 1, 2011

Amendments to the Interim Final Regulations: Women's Preventive Health Services

Published in the August 3, 2011 Federal Register, amendment to the interim final rules to provide HRSA discretion to exempt certain religious employers from the new guidelines for women's preventive health services where contraceptive services are concerned.

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Federal Agency Guidance

Affordable Care Act Rules on Expanding Access to Preventive Services for Women

August 1, 2011 fact sheet from HHS on announcement of new guidelines on women's preventive health services.

Women's Preventive Services: Required Health Plan Coverage Guidelines

Effective August 1, 2011, non-grandfathered plans and issuers are required to provide coverage without cost sharing consistent with these guidelines in the first plan year that begins on or after August 1, 2012.