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Member Comments on RoP Proposed Rule:

On July 16, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the proposed rule that aims to ease some of the administrative and paperwork burdens of the Requirements of Participation (RoPs). The proposed rule includes changes to the current long-term care RoPs and survey process designed to reduce excessively burdensome and overly prescriptive regulations, while allowing centers to focus on providing high-quality care. AHCA has provided a detailed summary of the proposed rule here.

The proposed rule provides a 60-day public comment period that provides AHCA and member centers an opportunity to submit comments to CMS. All comments must be submitted to CMS by 5:00pm Eastern Time on Monday, September 16th, 2019.  

The following are resources and templates to assist you with submitting your comments to CMS before the September 16 deadline:


Requirements of Participation: Preparing for Phase 3

Phase 3 of the RoPs goes into effect on November 28, 2019. AHCA has developed resources to help you navigate the new requirements. AHCA will continue to add and update these resources as more information becomes available and after CMS issues interpretive guidelines for Phase 3. 

Proposed Rule on Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities: Regulatory Provisions to Promote Efficiency and Transparency
Phase 3 Overview Materials      CLICK HERE 
Physical Environment     CLICK HERE 
Infection Prevention       CLICK HERE     IPCO COURSE 
Behavioral Health & Trauma- Informed Care    CLICK HERE 
Compliance & Ethics Program    CLICK HERE 
Training Program & Staff Competencies   CLICK HERE 
General Resources to Support Implementation and Compliance    CLICK HERE 

Action Briefs, Tools and Webinars

The library below is a living repository of tools and resources to help you navigate the Requirements of Participation. It contains an array of documents divided into three categories:

  • ACTION BRIEFS - provide highlights, specific information, tips and resources about a particular topic  CLICK HERE 
  • Tools - are an instrument designed to assist you in implementing the requirement CLICK HERE 
  • Webinars - are an array of communications from AHCA to assist you in learning and mastering the new requirements CLICK HERE 

The Quality Team has a plan in place to deliver these topics to you in a regular and steady fashion. Be sure to return often to see the newest materials.

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