Providers now have the option of answering all questions and submitting the civil rights clearance package on line.
A health care provider that applies for participation in the Medicare Part A program must receive a civil rights clearance from the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). These facilities include:
NOTE: OCR has entered into Civil Rights Corporate Agreements with numerous major health care corporations. These corporations have adopted model civil rights policies and procedures, which OCR has determined meet the civil rights requirements necessary for participation in the Medicare Part A program. These corporations also commit to ensuring that their facilities adopt and implement these policies and procedures. Providers that belong to corporations with such Agreements do NOT need to submit the usual civil rights packet. They need to submit ONLY the signed certification sheets, as specified in the Civil Rights Corporate Agreement.
Suppliers (ambulatory surgical centers, rural health clinics that are not provider based, portable x-ray, end stage renal disease facilities, federally qualified health centers, and organ procurement organizations) are not subject to civil rights clearance. Also, Medicaid-only providers do not need OCR clearance.