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CMS Regulations & Guidance: Manuals

Guidance for the CMS Program Manuals being changed into a web user-friendly presentation and renamed CMS Online Manual System.

Final

Issued by: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Issue Date: May 28, 2019

The CMS Online Manual System is used by CMS program components, partners, contractors, and State Survey Agencies to administer CMS programs.  It offers day-to-day operating instructions, policies, and procedures based on statutes and regulations, guidelines, models, and directives.  In 2003, we transformed the CMS Program Manuals into a web user-friendly presentation and renamed it the CMS Online Manual System.

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DISCLAIMER: The contents of this database lack the force and effect of law, except as authorized by law (including Medicare Advantage Rate Announcements and Advance Notices) or as specifically incorporated into a contract. The Department may not cite, use, or rely on any guidance that is not posted on the guidance repository, except to establish historical facts.