At last week's NASDDDS Annual Conference, the CMS Representative discussed the Final Rule and took questions from the audience. Some in attendance interpreted her remarks to suggest states would be given more discretion in the determination of what constitutes isolation, while others felt current CMS discussions are unlikely to shift authority away from the current CMS definition. Upcoming CMS sub regulatory guidance is expected to add clarity.
Notes from the presentation include:
- the definition of "settings that isolate" has become controversial
- There is intense discussion going on within CMS as to what that really means
- CMS is establishing a workgroup to "cut a middle path"
- States have a voice in what is considered isolating
- CMS is looking for a balance to understand what states are doing.
- CMS is not looking to re-open the regulation but hopes to have sub-regulatory guidance ASAP (not before the end of the year)
- The heightened scrutiny process has "taken on a life of its own."
- 37 states, including Pennsylvania have either had their State Transition Plans given initial or final approval leaving only a small minority of states that "are not breaking any speed barriers" to complete their STPs.