The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) has scheduled a public hearing on November 6, 2020,at 10:00 a.m. relative to the 2021 Medicaid Rate Regulation (101 CMR 206: Standard Payments to Nursing Facilities). EOHHS will invest significant funds in Rate Year 2021 (RY 2021), ranging up to $145 million for quality nursing home care covering (1) a new integrated rate structure for the RY 2021 rate and beyond, and (2) targeted COVID-19 Supplemental Funding. The EOHHS proposal builds upon prior Accountability and Supports programs designed to promote and ensure quality nursing home care. The regulation is expected to be adopted later this month with a retroactive effective date of October 1, 2020. Please note that EOHHS has indicated that it will post on its website 2021 nursing facility rate sheets this week. We will continue to review and work with members on implementation of the regulation and accompanying bulletins. Please contact me or Gary Abrahams with any questions.