Beginning August 2, 2016, the public has 30 days to comment on the revised Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). The information collection request will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The information collection requirements are not effective until approved under a valid OMB control number. We expect final PRA approval of the MOON around the time the implementing regulations are effective.
CMS expects hospitals and CAHs to begin using the MOON no later than 90 calendar days from the date of final approval of the MOON by OMB. The draft MOON subject to the 30 day comment period, along with instructions on how to submit comments, can be found at:
Regulations-and-Guidance/ Legislation/ PaperworkReductionActof1995/ PRA-Listing-Items/CMS-10611. html?DLPage=1&DLEntries=10& DLFilter=10611&DLSort=1& DLSortDir=descending
The comment period ends September 1, 2016.
CMS will provide additional information related to MOON implementation on its Beneficiary Notices Initiative (BNI) webpage when the MOON is approved (https://www.cms.gov/bni) and in a Health Plan Management System memorandum to Medicare Advantage plans.