CMS Final Rule and HCBS

Overview

In March 2014, the Centers for Medicaid Medicare Services (CMS) adopted updates to federal regulation regarding Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) to promote:

  • Person Centered Planning
  • Individualized Services
  • Access to the Full Benefit of Community Life

What is HCBS?

Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) are services and supports provided in home and community based settings, with the intent of diverting or transitioning individuals from institutional settings into their homes and community. ACRC-vendored providers of Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) are subject to these changes in regulation. New ACRC vendorizations and service providers contracted through the Self Determination Program (SDP) are expected to be in compliance upon initiation of services. Existing providers should work with ACRC’s Community Service Department to update their vendorizations as needed. ACRC wants to support all providers in achieving compliance with regulation, so that providers may continue to qualify for Regional Center funding.

Update: The timeframe for providers to complete necessary changes has been extended by CMS through March 17, 2023.

Questions? Contact Katherine Weston, HCBS Specialist, at kweston@altaregional.org.