CMS Issues Conditions of Participation for Community Mental Health Centers

By Lance O. Leider, J.D., The Health Law Firm

On October 28, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a Final Rule establishing conditions of participation (CoPs) for Medicare-certified community mental health centers (CMHCs). The Final Rule is CMS 3202-F. These conditions are the health and safety regulations Medicare providers must meet in order to participate in the Medicare program and receive reimbursements. The stated purpose of the CoPs is to improve client care, establish requirements for staff and provider operations, and encourage clients to participate in their own treatment. According to CMS, many CMHCs are currently not required to meet any health and safety standards.

To read the Final Rule from the CMS, click here.

A CMHC is a provider that meets applicable licensure and certification requirements in the state in which it is located and […]