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Medicare Finalizes New Conditions For Mental Health Centers

Law360, New York (October 28, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT) -- Medicare on Monday finalized new standards that community mental health centers must meet to qualify for reimbursement, spelling out a lengthy set of requirements related to personnel qualifications, client rights and approaches to treatment.

In a 184-page final rule, federal regulators for the first time created so-called conditions of participation for CMHCs, aiming to boost quality of care and cut down on fraud in a sector where bogus billing and mistreatment of psychologically fragile patients have become increasing concerns.

Until now, CMHCs have been able to take part in Medicare if they complete a certification process related to the types of...

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