CHA News Article

CMS Guidance Focuses on New LTCH Moratorium

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued guidance on its moratorium on new and satellite long-term care hospitals (LTCH). The moratorium prohibits an increase in the number of an LTCH’s certified beds, effective April 1, 2014, through Sept. 30, 2017. According to the attached memo, CMS regional offices will be charged with determining if a hospital seeking to convert to LTCH status or to open an LTCH satellite will qualify for an exemption.