Department of Medical Assistance Services
CMP INFORMATION



Announcement:

The Virginia General Assembly will appropriate a reasonable amount of CMP funds for DMAS and CMS-approved projects that protect or improve the quality of life and care of individuals residing in nursing facilities. Through an annual proposal submission and review process, DMAS will review project proposals and determine which projects will move forward to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & MCMS for consideration. Upon approval by the Commonwealth that the proposal is complete, DMAS will forward projects for review and final approval to CMS. If approved by CMS, DMAS will oversee project progress by way of reviewing obligatory quarterly and final program and financial reports.

DMAS is currently soliciting applications from qualified organizations for the purpose of determining eligibility to receive CMP Funds. To be eligible for consideration, organizations must have submitted the required documentation, as outlined, to the Department of Medical Assistance Services no later than 2:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time Friday, March 30, 2018. Specific details about this solicitation are in the enclosed RFA 2018-01. Additional questions or concerns can be forwarded to CMPFunds@dmas.virginia.gov

Overview:

The Civil Monetary Penalties (CMP) Fund is a federal fund collection of imposed penalties against certified nursing facilities deemed in non-compliance. These funds are used for projects that directly benefit individuals in a nursing facility. The goal of the CMP Funds are to help protect and improve the quality of care for individuals in a nursing facility. Utilizing CMP Funds provides the unique opportunity to improve the lives of many citizens of the Commonwealth.

If you have any questions regarding eligibility, potential projects or suggestions, please contact the CMP Analyst, Ms. Gabrielle Stevens at (804) 786-2153 or CMPFunds@dmas.virginia.gov

Eligibility:

Funds may be granted to any entity for proper use of CMS-approved projects to protect or improve the quality of life for individuals residing in nursing facilities provided that the responsible receiving entity is:

  1. Qualified and capable of carrying out the intended project or use;
  2. Not in any conflict of interest relationship with the entity or entities that will benefit from the intended project or use; and
  3. Not paid by a State or federal source to perform the same function as the CMP project or use. CMP funds may not be used to enlarge or enhance an existing appropriation or statutory purpose.

Examples of eligible organizations include, and are not limited to:

  • Consumer advocacy organizations
  • Resident or family councils
  • Professional or state nursing facility associations.
  • Certified LTC facilities (SNF, NF, SNF/NF)
  • Private contractors
  • Universities
  • Licensed and Medicaid-certified Nursing Facilities
  • Healthcare systems
  • State agencies
  • For-profit or non-profit organizations
  • Provider Associations
  • Universities

Individuals are not eligible for CMP funds.

If you would like confirmation if your organization is eligible to apply for CMP funds, please contact the CMP Program Analyst, Gabrielle Stevens (CMPFunds@dmas.virginia.gov)

Application Process:

The application process involves the submission of a Request for Funding Cover Sheet and a formal Project Application. It is strongly encouraged that you use this guideline, and information at the website above when completing a Project Application.

The timeline for submitting new applications for projects starting September 1, 2018 will be Monday, April 2, 2018 to Friday, April 27, 2018.

Applications received before Monday, April 2, 2018 or after 2:00 pm on Friday, April 27, 2018 shall not be considered in this funding round. We ask that applications received prior to March 1, 2018 be revised and resubmitted utilizing the process outline. Please contact CMPFunds@dmas.virginia.gov for additional guidance.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Below you will find a list of frequently asked questions compiled by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). These questions may also be found here:

Q1: What are CMP funds?

A: CMP means civil monetary penalty. It is a financial penalty the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) may impose against skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), nursing facilities (NFs), and dually- certified SNF/NF for either the number of days or for each instance a facility is not in substantial compliance with one or more Medicare and Medicaid participation requirements for LTC Facilities (42 CFR 488.430). The requirements for participation with Medicare and Medicaid for (LTC) facilities may be found at 42 CFR 483.

Q2: Are there prohibited uses of CMP Funds?

A: CMP funds may not be used for uses prohibited by law, regulation, or CMS policy. These include and are not limited to:

  • Projects disapproved by CMS;
  • Survey and certification operations or State expenses;
  • Capital expenses of a facility.
  • Nursing facility services or supplies that are the responsibility of nursing facilities, such as laundry, linen, food, heat, staffing costs, etc.;
  • Funding projects, items or services that are not directly related to improving the quality of life and care of individuals who are residents of nursing facilities;
  • Projects for which a conflict of interest or the appearance of a conflict of interest exists;
  • Long term projects (greater than 3 years);
  • Temporary manager salaries
  • Supplementary funding of federally required services (e.g., Quality Improvement Organization-Quality Improvement Network Initiatives).
Q3: Who may apply for the use of CMP Funds?

A: Funds may be granted to any entity for proper use of CMS-approved projects to protect or improve the quality of life for residents in nursing facilities provided that the responsible receiving entity is:

  • Qualified and capable of carrying out the intended project or use;
  • Not in any conflict of interest relationship with the entity or entities that will benefit from the intended project or use; and
  • Not paid by a State or federal source to perform the same function as the CMP project or use. CMP funds may not be used to enlarge or enhance an existing appropriation or statutory purpose.

Examples of eligible organizations include, and are not limited to:

  • Consumer advocacy organizations
  • Resident or family councils
  • Professional or state nursing facility associations
  • Certified LTC facilities (SNF, NF, SNF/NF)
  • Private contractors
  • Universities
Q4: How long can a project be?

A: Projects cannot exceed three years, but there is no minimum requirement for project length.

Q5: Where can additional application information be found?

A: Additional information, application and guidelines may be found here: http

Q6: Who should I contact with additional questions?

Gabrielle Stevens

CMP Program Analyst

CMPFunds@dmas.virginia.gov

(804) 786-2153