CMS Final Rule Revises Medicare/Medicaid Arbitration Requirements (7/19)

By CMS - July 16, 2019

Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Revision of Requirements for Long Term Care Facilities: Arbitration Agreements

ACTION: Final rule.

SUMMARY: This final rule amends the requirements that Long-Term Care (LTC) facilities must meet to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Specifically, we are repealing the prohibition on the use of pre-dispute, binding arbitration agreements. We are also strengthening the transparency of arbitration agreements and arbitration in LTC facilities. This final rule supports residents’ rights to make informed choices about important aspects of their health care.