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.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 08/20/2009 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants.
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable. This is a new program under the MMA.
Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, Public Law 108-173, Section 307, also known as the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
States apply to CMS to participate in the pilot program by submitting a complete application to CMS not later than September 17, 2004. The full solicitation and application requirements may be found on our web site at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/medicaid/survey- cert/bcp.asp.
Award Procedure
States selected to participate in the pilot will be notified during October-November 2004. Please see Section VI. "Award Administration Information" of the solicitation for further information regarding the award procedures.
The deadline for States to apply to participate in the pilot program is September 17, 2004.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
The pilot program will last through FY 2007 or September 30, 2007.
There are no formal appeals procedures. If a State's application is not selected, the reasons for non-selection will be fully stated.
How are proposals selected?
Please refer to Section V.1. "Application Review Information, Criteria" of the solicitation for the complete review and selection criteria.
How may assistance be used?
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Periodic reports are due to CMS is accordance with the timeframes established by CMS.
Payment transactions identifiable to the Background Checks Pilot Program are subject to audit by the Secretary or his/her agent.
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.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no matching requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Project Period: Date of grant awards through September 30, 2007.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Program Contact: Amber Wolfe, Center for Medicaid & State Operations, Survey & Certification Group, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244. Telephone: (410) 786-6773.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
FY 03 $0; FY 04 est $3,000,000; and FY 05 est $22,000,000.
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
Not applicable.
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