Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicaid Program; Health Care-Related Taxes
GAO-08-532R: Mar 10, 2008
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GAO reviewed the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) new rule on the Medicaid program's health care-related taxes. GAO found that (1) the final rule revises the collection of threshold under the regulatory indirect guarantee hold harmless arrangement test to reflect the provisions of the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006; when determining whether there is an indirect guarantee under the 2-prong test for portions if fiscal years beginning on or after January 1, 2008, and before October 1, 2011, the allowable amount that can be collected from a health care-related tax is reduced from 6 to 5.5 percent of net patient revenues received by the taxpayers; and it clarifies the standard for determining the existence of a hold harmless arrangement; and (2) CMS complied with the applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.
Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicaid Program; Health Care-Related Taxes, GAO-08-532R, March 10, 2008
The Honorable Charles B. Rangel
The Honorable Jim McCrery
Ranking Minority Member
Committee on Ways and Means
House of Representatives
Pursuant to section 801(a)(2)(A) of title 5, United States Code, this is our report on a major rule promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), entitled Medicaid Program; Health Care-Related Taxes (RIN: 0938-AO80). We received the rule on
The final rule revises the collection threshold under the regulatory indirect guarantee hold harmless arrangement test to reflect the provisions of the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006. Pub. L. No. 109-432,
Enclosed is our assessment of the CMS's compliance with the procedural steps required by section 801(a)(1)(B)(i) through (iv) of title 5 with respect to the rule. Our review indicates that CMS complied with the applicable requirements.
If you have any questions about this report or wish to contact GAO officials responsible for the evaluation work relating to the subject matter of the rule, please contact Michael R. Volpe, Assistant General Counsel, at (202) 512-8236.
Robert J. Cramer
Associate General Counsel
REPORT UNDER 5 U.S.C. sect. 801(a)(2)(A) ON A MAJOR RULE
ISSUED BY THE
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES,
CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES
"MEDICAID PROGRAM; HEALTH CARE-RELATED TAXES"
(i) Cost-benefit analysis
The final rule is estimated to reduce federal Medicaid outlays by $85 million in FY 2008 and by $115 million per year in FY 2009 through FY 2011.
(ii) Agency actions relevant to the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. sections 603-605, 607, and 609
CMS certified that the final rule will not have a direct significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities or a direct significant impact on the operations of a substantial number of small rural hospitals. Therefore, CMS did not prepare a regulatory flexibility analysis.
(iii) Agency actions relevant to sections 202-205 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995, 2 U.S.C. sections 1532-1535
CMS determined that the final rule does not contain either an intergovernmental or private sector mandate, as defined in Title II, of more than $100 million (currently adjusted for inflation to $122 million) in any one year.
(iv) Other relevant information or requirements under acts and executive orders
Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. sections 551 et seq.
The final rule was issued using the notice and comment procedures contained in 5 U.S.C. sect. 553. On
Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. sections 3501-3520
CMS states that the final rule imposes no new information or recordkeeping requirements.
Statutory authorization for the rule
The final rule is promulgated under the authority in sections 1902(a)(2) and 1903(a) and (w) of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. sect. 1302.
Executive Order No. 12,866
The final rule was reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget and found to be an economically significant regulatory action under the order.
Executive Order No. 13,132 (Federalism)
CMS concluded that the final rule will not have a substantial direct effect on the states, on the relationship between the national government and the states, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government.