CMCS Home and Community-Based Services Toolkit Updated by CMS

Regulation | January 22, 2017 | by

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updated portions of the CMCS Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Toolkit. Updated versions (Version 1.0) of the HCBS Basic Element Review Tool for Statewide Transition Plans and the HCBS Content Review Tool for Statewide Transition Plans are now available.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updated portions of the CMCS Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Toolkit, including updated versions (Version 1.0) of the HCBS Basic Element Review Tool for Statewide Transition Plans and the HCBS Content Review Tool for Statewide Transition Plans.

State agencies, Adult Day providers, and Assisted Living providers are working together to be in compliance with the HCBS Characteristics Final rule that ultimately determines what providers are paid under 1915 c, 1915 i, 1915j, 1915k and 1115 waivers. 

The rule does not apply to adult day health programs covered in the Medicaid state plan. 

This information is part of our ongoing effort by CMS to assist states in meeting regulatory requirements for residential and non-residential home and community-based settings. 

All states must submit to CMS a plan for transitioning their current HCBS system into compliance with the new rule by March 17, 2015. 

States submitting a 1915(c) waiver renewal or amendment before March 17, 2015 must include a transition plan in that submission. 

States then have 120 days from that submission date to submit a transition plan for the remainder of their HCBS system.