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Civil Money Penalty (CMP) Funds

 

The State of Alaska pleased to announce its participation in the Civil Money Penalty (CMP) Fund Grant Program.

Updated COVID-19 In-Person Visitation Aids CMP Application and FAQs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated the Civil Money Penalty (CMP) application and FAQs on 02/17/2022, replacing the versions previously released on 10/22/2020. Facilities have a second opportunity to request the use of CMP Reinvestment funds to purchase portable fans and portable room air cleaners with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA, H-13 or -14) filters to increase or improve air quality. However, replacement filters cannot be purchased with these funds, as they are a prohibited expense. A maximum use of $3,000 per facility, including shipping costs and taxes, may be requested, even the facility previously received funds for visitation aid purchases. When utilizing these items for visitation purposes, facilities must ensure life safety code requirements (42 CFR 483.90) are met, unless waived under the PHE declaration.

Overview


Civil money penalties (CMPs) are fines imposed on nursing facilities that do not meet federal health and safety standards. The State of Alaska receives a portion of the funds collected to be reinvested in support of projects that improve the overall quality of life and/or care of nursing facility residents.

Nursing facility providers, stakeholders and other organizations are encouraged to submit CMP fund grant applications for the development and implementation of quality improvement initiatives that directly or indirectly benefit nursing facility residents.   Organizations that may qualify for use of CMP grant funds include, but are not limited to:

  • Consumer advocacy organizations
  • Resident or family councils
  • Professional or state nursing home associations
  • State Long-term Care Ombudsman program
  • Quality improvement organizations
  • University graduate programs
  • Private contractors
  • Corporations, both non-profit and for-profit

Project proposals should demonstrate current and sound evidence-based practices that promote quality of care and quality of life for nursing facility residents.  CMP fund grants are only available for quality improvement initiatives that are outside the scope of normal facility operations.  They cannot be used to fund goods or services that the applicant already offers or is required to provide by state or federal law or regulation.

Sections 1819 and 1919 of the Social Security Act allow CMP funds to be used for projects and activities that benefit residents, including those that:

  • Support and protect residents of a facility that closes or is decertified
  • Support resident and family councils and other consumer involvement to ensure quality care
  • Improve the facility through CMS-approved initiatives, such as culture change

States must obtain approval from CMS before using federally imposed CMP funds to pay for projects.

The Department will evaluate applications using criteria developed by CMS and published in CMS S&C 12-13-NH.

Approved Projects

Applications and Resources


Questions


If you have any questions, please send us an email at dhcs.hflc@alaska.gov

Stakeholders

 

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