POLICY CHANGE & SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS
21st Century Cures Act
The 21st Century Cures Act was passed in 2016, which engages patients, researchers, innovators, government offices, and health care providers about what steps can be taken to expedite the discovery, development, and delivery of new treatments and cures to maintain the United State’s global status as a leader in biomedical innovation. The Division is working with the Utah Department of Health to implement Electronic Visit Verification requirements (as outlined in the Cures Act).
In January 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) settings final rule, which adds protection to people receiving HCBS services and establishes requirements for the quality of care. The intent of this rule is to enhance individual choice, further distinguish HCBS service providers from institutional settings, require services to be received in the most integrated setting, and maximize opportunities for people to have full access to their communities.