Pilot Program for National and State Background Checks--Direct Patient Access for Long-Term Care

To establish a pilot program to identify efficient, effective, and economical procedures for long-term care facilities or providers to conduct background checks on prospective direct patient access employees.



Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.



Program Accomplishments

None.

Uses and Use Restrictions

No more than 10 States may be selected to participate in the pilot program.

Please refer to Section IV.5 "Funding Restrictions" of the full solicitation for additional information regarding the State prohibitions on the use of grant funds.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Participation in the pilot program is open to all States.

A State's Office of the Governor or State Survey Agency (SA) may apply for funding under this grant opportunity.

Additionally, certain other State agencies (e.g., the State Medicaid Agency, the State Office of the Attorney General, the State Identification Bureau (SIB), the State Control Terminal Agency (CTA), the State Health Department or the State Social Services Block Grant recipient) may also apply for funding under this grant opportunity, provided they have an agreement with the State Survey Agency for the conduct of the pilot program in that State.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Participation in the pilot program is open to all States. A State's Office of the Governor or State Survey Agency (SA) may apply for funding under this grant opportunity.

Credentials/Documentation

None.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

None.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

States needed to apply to CMS to participate in the pilot program by submitting a complete application to CMS. Please contact program office for application deadline.

Award Procedures

States selected to participate in the pilot were notified during December 2004. Please see Section VI "Award Administration Information" of the solicitation for further information regarding the award procedures.

Deadlines

Please contact the program for the deadline for States to apply to participate in the pilot program.

Authorization

Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, Public Law 108-173, Section 307; Medicare Modernization Act (MMA).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The pilot program will last through FY 2007 or September 30, 2007.

Appeals

There are no formal appeals procedures. If a State's application is not selected, the reasons for non-selection will be fully stated.

Renewals

None.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

None.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Project Period: Date of grant awards through September 30, 2007.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Periodic reports are due to CMS in accordance with the timeframes established by CMS.

Audits

Payment transactions identifiable to the Background Checks Pilot Program are subject to audit by the Secretary or his/her agent.

Records

Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the project shall be retained for at least three years or until resolution of any audit questions.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-0516-0-1-551.

Obigations

FY 07 $16,000; FY 08 $1,184,000; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Selected pilot States can expect to receive between $500,000 to $5 million in a grant award for the entire 3-year pilot period. Please refer to Section II.2. "Amount and Number of Grants to be Awarded" of the solicitation package for additional information.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

None.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Program Contact: Amber Wolfe, Center for Medicaid and State Operations, Survey and Certification Group, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244. Telephone: (410) 786-6773.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Please refer to Section V.1. "Application Review Information, Criteria" of the solicitation for the complete review and selection criteria.



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