A Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility (CORF) must provide coordinated outpatient diagnostic, therapeutic, and restorative services, at a single fixed location, to outpatients for the rehabilitation of injured, disabled, or sick individuals. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology services may be provided in an off-site location.
The following are considered “core” services that a CORF must provide:
Physician CORF service—the following are physician CORF services:
- consultation with and medical supervision of non-physician staff, establishment and review of the plan of treatment and other medical and facility administration activities
- physical therapy or psychological services
- CORFs are surveyed every six years at a minimum.
Request additional information by e-mail to Healthcare Licensing and Surveys or by telephone: (307) 777-7123.
Federal Certification Information:
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued revised survey priorities due to very substantial federal resource limitations. In light of the federal Medicare resource constraints, initial surveys for most provider and supplier types have been classified at the lowest priority level. For facilities that qualify for deemed status there is an alternate route to obtain certification and this may well be the fastest way to obtain certification this year. However, there are other types of facilities for which deemed status is not an option. The Survey and Certification Letter S&C-08-03 may be accessed for additional information.
CMS website regarding Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facilities
Healthcare Facility Construction Rule/Guidelines – click here
Life Safety Code Standards – click here
Office of Civil Rights (OCR)
Office of Civil Rights: https://www.hhs.gov/ocr/civilrights/clearance/index.html
If you are a healthcare provider seeking initial Medicare Part A certification and/or undergoing a change of ownership (CHOW), you need a civil rights clearance.
To receive a civil rights clearance, you must complete the Civil Rights Information Request for Medicare Certification Package. To guide you through completing the Package, OCR has created a portal that will help you develop/submit polices that meet your civil right requirements.
You must submit the civil rights package online directly into the OCR intake queue at https://ocrportal.hhs.gov/ocr/pgportal. You will receive an e-mail from OCR stating that you have completed the civil rights submission. The e-mail will contain an OCR number, which is critical to OCR’s ability to access your submission from the OCR intake queue. You must submit a copy of this e-mail to Healthcare Licensing and Surveys.
CMS is aware that the HHS form 690 (assurance of compliance), link https://ocrportal.hhs.gov/ocr/aoc/instruction.jsf, has been discontinued. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, as amended, a revised form is pending approval at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. Providers need to be aware that even though the link is down, they are still held accountable to establish and maintain compliance with civil rights requirements. Additionally, the CMS approval of Initial or CHOW provider agreements will be contingent upon the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) approval of compliance with Civil Rights requirements. This site will be updated once further guidance regarding future OCR Clearance process had been determined.