cms rehabilitation agency, clinic, and public health agency definitions

  • Rehabilitation Agency - An agency that provides an integrated, multidisciplinary program designed to upgrade the physical functions of handicapped, disabled individuals by bringing together, as a team, specialized rehabilitation personnel.
  • Clinic - A facility established primarily for the provision of outpatient physicians’ services. To meet the definition of a clinic, the facility must meet the following test of physician participation: The medical services of the clinic are provided by a group of three or more physicians practicing medicine together, and A physician is present in the clinic at all times during hours of operation to perform medical services (rather than only administrative services).
  • Public Health Agency - An official agency established by a state or local government, the primary function of which is to maintain the health of the population served by providing environmental health services, preventive medical services, and in certain instances, therapeutic services.

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Part 485 — Conditions of Participation: Specialized Providers, Page: 179 (64037)

Revise § 485.727 to read as follows:

§ 485.727 Conditions of Participation: Emergency Preparedness

The Clinics, Rehabilitation Agencies, and Public Health Agencies as Providers of Outpatient Physical Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology Services (OPT-SLP) must comply with all applicable Federal, State, and local emergency preparedness requirements. The OPT-SLP must establish and maintain an emergency preparedness program that meets the requirements of this section. The emergency preparedness program must include, but not be limited to, the following elements: