CMS Issues S&C on Revised OCR Clearance Process

Lisa Volk and Nancy Leveille in Clinical & Quality

On September 2, 2016, CMS issued S&C: 16-37-ALL regarding the revised Office of Civil Rights (OCR) clearance process for new providers and Changes of Ownership (CHOW). The new process requires that providers electronically submit an attestation of compliance with the civil rights requirements to the OCR before the State Survey Agencies (SA) and Regional Offices (RO) may process requests for initial surveys or CHOWs. OCR's confirmation that the attestation has been successfully submitted will meet the requirements for OCR clearance and eliminate the need for CMS ROs to issue provisional provider agreements.

New applicants for Medicare funding and current providers undergoing a CHOW will be responsible for submitting this attestation electronically via OCR's online Assurance of Compliance portal. The provider will receive electronic verification from OCR of successful submission of the attestation.

OCR has begun receiving electronic attestations as of September 1, 2016.


Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15

Nancy Leveille, RN, MS
Sr. Director, Member Operational Support
518-462-4800 x20