Tuesday, January 29, 2019

CMS Final Rule Adjusting CMPs for Inflation

Lilly Hummel

Last week CMS published a memo summarizing the inflation adjustments to the CMP amounts that may be imposed for noncompliance by nursing centers. The new CMP amounts and ranges can be found in the Appendix of the memo. The adjusted amounts apply to CMPs assessed on or after October 11, 2018, which is when the rule was published that finalized the adjustments.

The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 required CMS to make annual inflation adjustments to the CMP amounts. For 2018, CMPs have been increased by a multiplier of 1.02041.

The CMP Analytic Tool instructions and calculations will be updated to reflect these changes. The final rule only affects authorized CMP amounts and not other provisions in the CMP Tool, such as the factors for assessing CMPs.

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