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IPPS Final Rule Released; Changes Made In Line with ASCA Comments

Friday, August 4, 2017   (0 Comments)
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final 2018 Inpatient Prospective Payment System Rule earlier this week. The following two issues, on which ASCA submitted formal comments, were addressed.

Publication of Accrediting Organization (AO) Surveys (starting on page 2040 of the rule): CMS withdrew its proposal to require AOs with CMS-approved accreditation programs to post final accreditation survey reports and acceptable plans of correction (PoCs) on a public-facing website designated by the AO. In our comments, ASCA recommended that CMS withdraw the proposal and instead bring together accreditation organizations, providers and suppliers, information technology experts, consumer research groups and others with expert knowledge of access to data available in the health care industry to assist CMS with identifying and developing opportunities for providing consumers with the appropriate data to support transparency and decision making.

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