The AHA today urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to extend for 60 days – until March 17 – the comment period for its Medicaid fiscal accountability proposed rule.
“The AHA appreciates CMS’s goal of strengthening the fiscal oversight and integrity of the Medicaid program, as stated in the proposed rule,” AHA said. “However, given the scope and complexity of the proposed changes, we are concerned that the rule’s comment period does not give state governments and stakeholders sufficient time to fully assess the rule’s impact. Of particular concern is the potential impact these proposed changes could have on current and future state budgets. Many state legislatures will not be convening until mid-January, which leaves no time to consider or quantify the implications of these proposed changes on state Medicaid financing.”