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CMS Withdraws Controversial Disclosure Rule – For Now

Posted in Hospitals and Institutions, Legislation and Public Policy, Medicare and Medicaid

As part of its 2018 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System and Long Term Acute Care Hospital Prospective Payment System Final Rule released on August 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) withdrew a controversial rule that would have required national accreditation organizations, like The Joint Commission, to publicly release their survey reports and corrective action plans within 90 days after visiting a healthcare organization.

The proposal, issued in April, was an attempt to improve transparency and provide additional information for consumers regarding the quality of care rendered by healthcare providers, was withdrawn after CMS considered public comments. However, it does not appear that the issue is dead, as CMS also announced that it “is committed to ensuring that patients have the ability to review the findings used to determine that a facility meets the health and safety standards required for Medicare participation” and that “further review, consideration, and refinement of this proposal is necessary to ensure that CMS establishes requirements, consistent with our statutory authority, that will inform patients and continue to support high quality care.”

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