Moratorium on Classification of Long-Term Care Hospitals
The Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act (MMSEA) (Pub. L. 110-173), enacted December 29, 2007, establishes a three-year
moratorium on the designation of new long-term care hospitals (LTCH) or satellites, and on an increase of beds in an LTCH.
The statute creates certain limited exceptions to the moratorium. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services adopted an
Interim Final Rule with Comments on May 22, 2008 (73 FR 29699) to implement the LTCH moratorium provisions of the MMSEA. CMS
Regional Offices will determine whether a facility qualifies for an exception to the moratorium.