HealthLeaders Media: Citing Stakeholder Concerns, CMS Withdraws the MFAR

“The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) withdrew the proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR) rule Monday afternoon.”

“First proposed in November 2019, the rule aimed to create new requirements for state governments to report provider-level information on Medicaid supplemental payments.”

“CMS Administrator Seema Verma tweeted that healthcare stakeholders raised concerns about ‘potential unintended consequences’ of the proposed rule, which require further study…”

“The withdrawal came just over a month after a coalition of hospital and business groups sent a letter to Verma urging her to withdraw the MFAR, citing the ‘unprecedented challenges and uncertain future’ created by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic this spring.”

“‘We remain concerned that CMS issued the MFAR without any meaningful analysis of its impact on states, providers, and most important, Medicaid beneficiaries,’ the letter read. ‘The cursory regulatory impact analysis vastly understates the effects of the proposed rule. While we acknowledge the difficulties in precisely estimating the financial impact, that fact alone is reason enough to withdraw the MFAR…’” Read the full article here.

Source: Citing Stakeholder Concerns, CMS Withdraws the MFAR – By Jack O’Brien, September 14, 2020. HealthLeaders Media.

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