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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 7, 2012
 
CONTACT
Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047 or marla.augustine@nebraska.gov
 
Department of Health and Human Services to Hold Hearing February 16 on Proposed Changes to Regulations
 
Lincoln – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is holding  hearings to accept comments on proposed regulations related to the credentialing of occupational therapists and athletic trainers and to the Nursing Facility Quality Assurance Assessment Act. The hearings will be held February 16 in the Nebraska State Office Building, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lower Level, Conference Room A, in Lincoln.
 
Public Hearing at 9:00 a.m. CT
 
The DHHS Division of Public Health will accept comments on proposed regulations related to the credentialing of occupational therapists. 
 
Public Hearing at 10:30 a.m. CT
 
The DHHS Division of Public Health will accept comments on proposed regulations related to the credentialing of athletic trainers.
 
Both sets of proposed regulations will reflect the provisions of the Uniform Credentialing Act, including new and revised definitions and processes for credentialing; continuing competency requirements; grounds for discipline and acts considered unprofessional conduct; and administrative penalty for practice without a credential.
 
The proposed regulations also require lawful presence in the United States to qualify for public benefits including professional or commercial licensing.
 
Public Hearing at 1:30 p.m. CT
 
The DHHS Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care will accept comments on proposed regulations related to the Nursing Facility Quality Assurance Assessment Act created by LB 600 (2011). 
 
The proposed regulations provide for a tax of $3.50 per day of service, excluding Medicare days, to be assessed to nursing facilities in Nebraska, with certain exceptions.  Federal Medicaid matching funds will be added and an enhanced rate paid back to the nursing facilities.
 
All interested persons may attend and comment at the hearings.  Written comments will be given the same consideration as comments made in person.  Written comments must be postmarked or received by 5:00 p.m. CT on February 18, 2012 and should be sent to DHHS Legal Services, 301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, NE 68509-5026, fax 402-742-2382, or e-mailed to DHHS.RulesandRegs@nebraska.gov.  Draft regulations are available online at http://www.sos.ne.gov/rules-and-regs/regtrack/index.cgi.
 
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