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Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities; Correcting Amendment

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS.


Final rule; correcting amendment.


In the August 4, 2003 issue of the Federal Register (68 FR 46036), we published a final rule that updates the payment rates used under the prospective payment system for skilled nursing facilities for fiscal year 2004. The effective date was October 1, 2003. This correcting amendment corrects a typographical error identified in the August 4, 2003 final rule.


Effective Date: This correcting amendment is effective July 26, 2004.

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Bill Ullman, (410) 786-5667.

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I. Background

In FR Doc. 03-19677 of August 4, 2003 (68 FR 46036), there was a technical error we are identifying and correcting in the “Correction of Errors” section II of this final rule. Specifically, the August 4, 2003 final rule made a number of technical corrections to the regulations, including the revision of a cross-reference that appears in the regulations text at § 409.20(c). However, in republishing the introductory portion of paragraph (c) of § 409.20, we inadvertently used the paragraph heading for the preceding paragraph instead (paragraph (b)(2), “Services not generally provided by (or under arrangements made by) SNFs”). Therefore, we are publishing this final rule to restore the correct paragraph heading (“Terminology.”) for paragraph (c) of § 409.20. The provisions in this final rule are effective July 26, 2004.

II. Correction of Errors

In FR Doc. 03-19677 of August 4, 2003 (68 FR 46036), make the following correction:

On page 46070, in the second column, the heading for paragraph (c) of § 409.20 should read, “Terminology.”

III. Waiver of Proposed Rulemaking and 30-day Delay in Effective Date

We ordinarily publish a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register to provide a period for public comment before the provisions of a rule take effect. We can waive this procedure, however, if we find good cause that a notice and comment procedure is impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest and incorporate a statement of finding and its reasons for it into the correcting amendment issued (5 U.S.C. (b)(B)).

We find for good cause that it is unnecessary to undertake notice and public comment procedures because this correcting amendment does not make any substantive policy changes. This document makes technical corrections and conforming changes to the August 4, 2003 final rule. Therefore, for good cause we waive the notice and public comment procedures.

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Accordingly, 42 CFR chapter IV is corrected by making the following correcting amendment:

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The authority citation for part 409 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: Secs. 1102 and 1871 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1302 and 1395hh).

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Subpart C—Posthospital SNF Care

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In § 409.20, the introductory text to paragraph (c) is revised to read as follows:

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Coverage of services.
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(c) Terminology. In § 409.21 through § 409.36—.

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(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program No. 93.773, Medicare—Hospital Insurance; and Program No. 93.774, Medicare—Supplementary Medical Insurance Program)

Dated: June 2, 2004.

Ann C. Agnew,

Executive Secretary to the Department.

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[FR Doc. 04-14054 Filed 6-24-04; 8:45 am]