Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System for Federally Qualified Health Centers; Changes to Contracting Policies for Rural Health Clinics; and Changes to Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 Enforcement Actions for Proficiency Testing Referral

SUMMARY

This final rule with comment period implements methodology and payment rates for a prospective payment system (PPS) for federally qualified health center (FQHC) services under Medicare Part B beginning on October 1, 2014, in compliance with the statutory requirement of the Affordable Care Act. In addition, it establishes a policy which allows rural health clinics (RHCs) to contract with nonphysician practitioners when statutory requirements for employment of nurse practitioners and physician assistants are met, and makes other technical and conforming changes to the RHC and FQHC regulations. Finally, this final rule with comment period implements changes to the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) regulations regarding enforcement actions for proficiency testing (PT) referrals.

 
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Federal Register, Volume 79 Issue 85 (Friday, May 2, 2014)

Federal Register Volume 79, Number 85 (Friday, May 2, 2014)

Rules and Regulations

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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office www.gpo.gov

FR Doc No: 2014-09908

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Vol. 79

Friday,

No. 85

May 2, 2014

Part V

Department of Health and Human Services

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

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42 CFR Parts 405, 410, et al.

Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System for Federally Qualified Health Centers; Changes to Contracting Policies for Rural Health Clinics; and Changes to Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 Enforcement Actions for Proficiency Testing Referral; Final Rule