CMS Requesting Input on Proposed Changes to Oversight of Accrediting Organizations – Comment by April 15

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) seeks public input on proposals intended to strengthen oversight of the nine-accrediting organization (AOs) that survey Medicare and Medicaid certified health care providers for compliance with health and safety requirements. CMS proposes to prohibit AOs from giving a hospital or other health care facility advance notice of a survey; penalize hospitals that receive a condition-level citation during a validation survey; and require AOs to use CMS’s Conditions of Participation as their minimum accreditation standards.

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