Advisory

Jan 17, 2020
Cardinal Health has notified customers of an urgent medical device recall related to specific production lots of single-sterile and bulk non-sterile Cardinal Non-Reinforced Surgical Gowns, Cardinal Fabric-Reinforced Surgical Gowns and RoyalSilk Non-Reinforced Surgical Gowns. View AHA and other…
Jan 15, 2020
At Issue: As part of the January refresh of Hospital Compare, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to update its hospital overall star ratings. The release of these data could generate interest from the media. CMS also has announced its intention to propose significant…
Dec 9, 2019
On Nov. 18, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a comprehensive proposed rule that would significantly change hospital supplemental payments and state Medicaid program financing, as well as enable greater oversight by the agency of these aspects of the program.
Dec 3, 2019
The Administration recently released a final rule requiring hospitals to disclose payer-specific negotiated rates. Specifically, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) final rule will require hospitals to post a list of five types of standard charges – now defined as gross charges…
Nov 21, 2019
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Nov. 1 issued a final rule updating physician fee schedule (PFS) payments for calendar year (CY) 2020. The rule also includes several policies implementing year four of the quality payment program (QPP) created by the Medicare Access and CHIP…
Nov 19, 2019
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ home health prospective payment system CY 2020 final rule with comment period is effective Jan. 1, 2020; however, through Dec. 30, the agency will take comments related to drug coverage under the Medicare durable medical equipment benefit.
Nov 19, 2019
In light of closures and potential closures of certain facilities that use gas ethylene oxide (EtO) to sterilize medical devices prior to their distribution and use, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is concerned about the future availability of medical devices and possible medical device…
Nov 18, 2019
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Nov. 1 released the calendar year (CY) 2020 outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS)/ambulatory surgical center (ASC) payment system final rule. In addition to standard updates, the rule finishes phasing in the site-neutral rate for clinic…
Oct 23, 2019
In November 1999, the Institute of Medicine (IOM), which is now the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), released its landmark report, To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System. In anticipation of the 20th anniversary of the report’s release, media outlets will be revisiting the report and…
Oct 11, 2019
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Sept. 30 published a final rule to modify the discharge planning process requirements for hospitals and certain post-acute care providers. The final rule is effective Nov. 29.