CMS Proposes that Accreditation Organizations Post All Survey Reports and Plans of Corrections
April 20, 2017 03:23 PM
On April 14, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed regulation governing Fiscal Year 2018 payments to hospitals (Medicare Program; Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Proposed Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2018 Rates). As part of the rule, CMS proposes to require that each national accrediting organizations (AOs) applying or reapplying for CMS-approval of its accreditation program agree to post final accreditation survey reports (including statements of deficiency findings) and acceptable Plans of Corrections (PoCs) from that accreditation program on its public-facing websites within 90 days after such information is made available to the facilities for the most recent three years. This provision would include all triennial, full, follow-up, focused, and complaint surveys, whether performed onsite or offsite.
CMS has requested public comment on this proposal (details are available through the link provided above) , and has separately issued a Memorandumto State Survey Agency Directors (“Notice of Proposed Regulation Changes for Accrediting Organizations (AOs) Transparency and Termination Notices”) describing the changes.
Overall, in 2015, 40% of Medicare-participating providers or suppliers with an accreditation option participate in Medicare via accreditation and deemed status. Of 9,458 Medicare-participating home health agencies, 47% of them had deemed status, while 40% of 4,267 Medicare-participating hospices had deemed status. In 2015 89% of hospitals were accredited through an AO.