CMS Proposes Regulation Changes for Accrediting Organizations (AOs) Transparency and Termination Notices

PUBLISHED: Apr 19, 2017
Relevant to: Ambulatory Care, Hospitals, Medical Office/Clinic

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued their proposed Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (IPPS) for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System for Fiscal Year 2018. Within the rule, CMS is proposing two changes within the NPRM to include AO transparency in reporting and changes to newspaper notifications for Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs), Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs)

AO Transparency:

AOs currently do not make their survey reports and acceptable Plans of Corrections (PoCs) from their CMS-approved accreditation programs publicly available. This regulation proposes that these AOs be required to post all survey reports and acceptable PoCs from their CMS-approved accreditation programs on their websites. Currently, CMS required the Regional Offices (RO) and State Agencies (SA) survey reports (2567s) as well as their acceptable plans of correction (PoCs) publicly available through a variety of methods. According to CMS, access to survey reports and PoCs will enable health care consumers, in addition to Medicare beneficiaries, to make a more informed decision regarding where to receive health care thus encouraging health care providers to improve the quality of care and services they provide.

Changes in Termination Notices:

The existing regulations for the majority of providers and suppliers require CMS to notify the public of Medicare terminations. Currently, the public notice of termination for ASCs, FQHCs, RHCs and OPOs must be published in one or more local newspapers. Through this regulation, CMS proposes to change the requirement for these providers/suppliers, in order to be consistent with other provider and suppliers’ public notification regulatory language by proposing to eliminate the posting of the termination notice in a local newspaper, which has become outdated. CMS is proposing to allow more options for public notice that would reach the maximum number of people within a community.

The public comment period for the proposed rule is from April 28, 2017 to June 13, 2017. Follow the links below for more information and for comment submission instructions.

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