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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS.
This notice announces a $542.00 calendar year (CY) 2014 application fee for institutional providers that are initially enrolling in the Medicare or Medicaid program or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP); revalidating their Medicare, Medicaid or CHIP enrollment; or adding a new Medicare practice location. This fee is required with any enrollment application submitted on or after January 1, 2014 and on or before December 31, 2014.
Effective Date: This notice is effective on January 1, 2014.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Frank Whelan, (410) 786-1302 for Medicare enrollment issues. Alvin Anderson, (410) 786-2188 for Medicaid and CHIP enrollment issues.
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In the February 2, 2011 Federal Register (76 FR 5862), we published a final rule with comment period entitled “Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Programs; Additional Screening Requirements, Application Fees, Temporary Enrollment Moratoria, Payment Suspensions and Compliance Plans for Providers and Suppliers.” This rule finalized, among other things, provisions related to the submission of application fees as part of the Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP provider enrollment processes. As stated in 42 CFR 424.514, “institutional providers” that are initially enrolling in the Medicare, Medicaid or CHIP program, revalidating their enrollment, or adding a new Medicare practice location are required to submit a fee with their enrollment application. An “institutional provider” is defined at 42 CFR 424.502 as “(a)ny provider or supplier that submits a paper Medicare enrollment application using the CMS-855A, CMS-855B (not including physician and non-physician practitioner organizations), CMS-855S, or associated Internet-based PECOS enrollment application.” As we explained in the February 2011 final rule (76 FR 5914), “In addition to the providers and suppliers subject to the application fee under Medicare, Medicaid-only and CHIP-only institutional providers include nursing facilities, intermediate care facilities for persons with mental retardation (ICF/MR), psychiatric residential treatment facilities, and may include other institutional provider types designated by a State in accordance with their approved State plan.”.
As indicated in 42 CFR 424.514 and 455.460, the application fee is not required for either of the following:
- A Medicare physician or non-physician practitioner submitting a CMS-855I.
- A prospective or re-enrolling Medicaid or CHIP provider—
++ Who is an individual physician or non-physician practitioner; or
++ That is enrolled in Title XVIII of the Act or another state's Title XIX or XXI plan and has paid the application fee to a Medicare contractor or another state.
II. Provisions of the Notice
A. CY 2013 Fee Amount
In the November 30, 2012 Federal Register (77 FR 71423), we published a notice announcing a fee amount for the period of January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013 of $532.00. This figure was calculated as follows:
- Section 1866(j)(2)(C)(i)(I) of the Social Security Act (the Act) established a $500 application fee for institutional providers in CY 2010.
- Consistent with section 1866(j)(2)(C)(i)(II) of the Act, 42 CFR 424.514(d)(2) states that for CY 2011 and subsequent years, the fee will be adjusted by the percentage change in the consumer price index (CPI) for all urban consumers (all items; United States city average, CPI-U) for the 12-month period ending in June of the previous year.
- The CPI-U increase for CY 2011 was 1.0 percent, based on data obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This resulted in an application fee amount for CY 2011 of $505 (or $500 × 1.01).
- The CPI-U increase for the period of July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011 was 3.54 percent, based on BLS data. This resulted in an application fee amount for CY 2012 of $522.87 (or $505 × 1.0354). In the aforementioned February 2, 2011 final rule, we stated that if the adjustment sets the fee at an uneven dollar amount, we would round the fee to the nearest whole dollar amount. Accordingly, the application fee amount for CY 2012 was rounded to the nearest whole dollar amount, or $523.00.
- The CPI-U increase for the period of July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012 was 1.664 percent, based on BLS data. This resulted in an application fee amount for CY 2013 of $531.70 ($523 × 1.01664). Rounding this figure to the nearest whole dollar amount resulted in a CY 2013 application fee amount of $532.00.
B. CY 2014 Fee Amount
Using BLS data, the CPI-U increase for the period of July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013 was 1.8 percent. This results in a CY 2014 application fee amount of $541.576 ($532 × 1.018). As we must round this to the nearest whole dollar amount, the resultant application fee amount for CY 2014 is $542.00. This represents a $6.00 difference from the $536 application fee amount that we had originally projected for CY 2014 in the February 2, 2011 final rule.
III. Collection of Information Requirements
This document does not impose information collection and recordkeeping requirements. Consequently, it need not be reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget under the authority of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). However, it does reference currently approved information collections. Form CMS-855A, and CMS-855I are approved under OMB control number 0938-0685. Form CMS-855B is approved under OMB control number 0938-1198. Form CMS-855S is approved under OMB control number 0938-1056.
IV. Regulatory Impact Statement
We have examined the impact of this notice as required by Executive Order 12866 on Regulatory Planning and Review (September 30, 1993), Executive Order 13563 on Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review (January 18, 2011), the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) (September 19, 1980, Pub. L. 96-354), section 1102(b) of the Social Security Act, section 202 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (March 22, 1995; Pub. L. 104-4), Executive Order 13132 on Federalism (August 4, 1999), and the Congressional Review Act (5 U.S.C. 804(2)).
Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess all costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize net benefits, including potential economic, Start Printed Page 72090environmental, public health and safety effects, distributive impacts, and equity. A regulatory impact analysis (RIA) must be prepared for major rules with economically significant effects ($100 million or more in any 1 year). As explained in this section of the notice (section IV.), we estimate that the total cost of the increase in the application fee will not exceed $100 million. This notice therefore does not reach the $100 million economic threshold and is not considered a major notice.
The RFA requires agencies to analyze options for regulatory relief of small businesses. For purposes of the RFA, small entities include small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and small governmental jurisdictions. Most hospitals and most other providers and suppliers are small entities, either by nonprofit status or by having revenues of less than $7.0 million to $35.5 million in any 1 year. Individuals and states are not included in the definition of a small entity. As we stated in the RIA for the February 2, 2011 final rule with comment period (76 FR 5952), we do not believe that the application fee will have a significant impact on small entities.
In addition, section 1102(b) of the Act requires us to prepare a regulatory impact analysis if a rule may have a significant impact on the operations of a substantial number of small rural hospitals. This analysis must conform to the provisions of section 604 of the RFA. For purposes of section 1102(b) of the Act, we define a small rural hospital as a hospital that is located outside of a Metropolitan Statistical Area for Medicare payment regulations and has fewer than 100 beds. We are not preparing an analysis for section 1102(b) of the Act because we have determined, and the Secretary certifies, that this notice would not have a significant impact on the operations of a substantial number of small rural hospitals.
Section 202 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (UMRA) also requires that agencies assess anticipated costs and benefits before issuing any rule whose mandates require spending in any 1 year of $100 million in 1995 dollars, updated annually for inflation. In 2013, that threshold is approximately $141 million. The Agency has determined that there will be minimal impact from the costs of this notice, as the threshold is not met under the UMRA.
Executive Order 13132 establishes certain requirements that an agency must meet when it promulgates a proposed rule (and subsequent final rule) that imposes substantial direct requirement costs on state and local governments, preempts state law, or otherwise has federalism implications. Since this notice does not impose substantial direct costs on state or local governments, the requirements of Executive Order 13132 are not applicable.
The costs associated with this notice involve the increase in the application fee that certain providers and suppliers must pay in CY 2014. As indicated earlier, in the RIA for the February 2, 2011 final rule, we estimated the total amount of application fees for CYs 2011 through 2015. For CY 2014, and based on a $536 application fee amount, we projected in Tables 11 and 12 (76 FR 5955 and 5956) a total cost in fees of $62,189,400 ($16,723,200 + $45,466,200) for 116,025 affected Medicare institutional providers (31,200 newly enrolling + 84,825 re-enrolling). We also projected in Tables 13 and 14 (76 FR 5957 and 5958) a total cost in CY 2014 application fees of $13,471,824 ($4,522,768 + $8,949,056) for 25,134 affected Medicaid and CHIP providers (8,438 newly enrolling + 16,696 re-enrolling).
In the November 30, 2012 application fee notice, we stated in part that we were—
- Increasing the estimated number of affected Medicaid and CHIP providers in CY 2013 from 25,134 to 27,859, based on CY 2009 and CY 2010 data furnished by State Medicaid agencies through the annual State Program Integrity Assessment; and
- Reducing the estimated number of affected Medicare institutional providers from 116,025 to 84,120. This was due to a much-lower-than-expected number of affected newly-enrolling institutional providers. We had projected in the February 2, 2011 final rule that 31,200 newly-enrolling institutional providers would be subject to an application fee in CY 2013. We reduced this figure to 4,120 based on CMS data.
Our statistics indicate that roughly the same number of Medicaid and CHIP providers that we projected in the November 30, 2012 fee notice would be subject to an application fee in CY 2013 will be similarly affected in CY 2014. We will therefore use the CY 2013 figures in our calculations of the fee costs for CY 2014. However, as explained later in this section, we project that the number of affected Medicare institutional providers in CY 2014 will be higher than the CY 2013 projection we used in the November 30, 2012 fee notice.
a. Newly-Enrolling Institutional Providers
Based on CMS statistics for the final quarter of CY 2012, we estimate that 4,800 newly-enrolling institutional providers will be subject to an application fee in CY 2014. This represents an increase of 670 from the CY 2013 projection we used in the November 30, 2012 fee notice.
b. Revalidating Institutional Providers
Again based on CMS data, we estimate that approximately 580,000 Medicare providers and suppliers will be subject to revalidation in CY 2014. (This represents an increase of 180,000 from the CY 2013 projection we used in the November 30, 2012 fee notice.) Of this total, and based on our experience, we believe that roughly 80 percent of them will be exempt from the application fee requirement because the provider or supplier: (1) Is of a type (for example, a physician) that is exempt from the requirement; or (2) qualifies for a hardship exception under 42 CFR 424.514(c). This leaves 116,000 revalidating institutional providers that will have to pay the fee. Using a figure of 120,800 (116,000 revalidating + 4,800 newly-enrolling) institutional providers, we estimate an increase in the cost of the Medicare application fee requirement in CY 2014 of $ 724,800 (or 120,800 x $6.00) from the CY 2014 projections we had made in the February 2, 2011 final rule.
2. Medicaid and CHIP
We estimate that 27,859 (8,438 newly enrolling + 19,421 re-enrolling) Medicaid and CHIP providers would be subject to an application fee in CY 2014. Using this figure, we estimate an increase in the cost of the Medicaid and CHIP application fee requirements in CY 2014 of $167,154 (27,859 x $6.00) from the CY 2014 projections we had made in the February 2, 2011 final rule.
Based on the foregoing, we estimate the total increase in the cost of the application fee requirement for Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP providers and suppliers in CY 2014 to be $891,954 ($724,800 + $167,154) from the CY 2014 projections we had made in the February 2, 2011 final rule.
In accordance with the provisions of Executive Order 12866, this notice was/was not reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget.
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Dated: November 7, 2013.
Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
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