CHAP Comments on CMS Proposed Transparency Ruling
Last month the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) proposed a new rule designed to provide healthcare consumers with enhanced information to aid in making health provider choices. The proposed rule would make it mandatory for all CMS-approved accrediting organizations (AOs) to post survey reports and plans of correction from all CMS-deeming accreditation programs on the AOs' websites.
In response, CHAP sent a letter to the current CMS Administrator Seema Verma to express concerns surrounding the new ruling. According to the letter, while there is a need for improved access to information, the rule as proposed would actually have a negative impact on the current progress towards improving patient safety and quality of care. Additionally, CHAP and seven other AOs sent a joint letter to CMS asking that the proposal be withdrawn from the larger proposed rule to allow for additional input and discussion among stakeholders.
CHAP will continue to monitor this story and provide updates as they are made available.