November 2018 Print

President's Report

The American Hospital Association recently released a detailed summary of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS’s) proposed rule that would reform Medicare regulations that the agency identified as unnecessary, obsolete, or excessively burdensome on health care providers and suppliers.

CMS proposes to change the facility emergency preparedness program review requirement from annually to at least every two years. The agency also proposes to eliminate the requirement that facilities document their efforts to contact local, tribal, state and federal emergency preparedness officials as well as their participation in collaborative and cooperative planning efforts.

The American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE) recommends that members provide additional comments on unnecessary, obsolete, or excessively burdensome regulations that CMS did not include in its proposed rule.

The AHA advisory is attached. Comments on the rule are due by November 19.

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