Tools to Submit Your Comments to CMS

You have until September 14 to submit your comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the sweeping regulatory changes governing Medicare participation rules for nursing facilities.  The Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) encourages corporate leaders, administrators, nurses, and others who work in nursing facilities to weigh in with CMS on the proposed rule. 

Sending your comments is easy.  While the proposed rule is very broad, you should not feel like you must address every issue in the rule.  Focus on a few items that will have the greatest impact on you, your staff, or your facility. 

VHCA’s Regulatory and Quality of Care Committees met on August 20 to discuss the rule and areas of concern with it.  VHCA will provide members with detailed input on the proposed rule the week of August 31. 

In the meantime, review these helpful resources from the American Health Care Association (AHCA) on commenting on the proposed rule: