CMS listened!

November 2017 – Vol. 36, No. 10

AAO-HNS and IAC comments on IPP System’s public display of accreditation status

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) decided not to finalize their proposal to require all Medicare advanced diagnostic imaging final accreditation survey reports as well as acceptable plans of correction (POC) in the Fiscal Year 2018 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System and Long-Term Acute Care Hospital (IPPS) Prospective Payment System Final Rule.

The Academy agreed with comments from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) that any additional transparency that would have been achieved by the proposal would not outweigh the administrative burden on advanced diagnostic imaging accrediting organizations. Further, it could have had adverse effects on the nature of private accreditation processes and resulted in the release of information that is difficult for consumers to access and understand. On September 7, the AAO-HNS sent a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma thanking the agency for taking our comments into consideration and for not implementing the proposal.