Standards, Surveys, Accreditation

Mar 13, 2018
Republican leaders of the House Energy & Commerce Committee last week asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and four hospital accrediting organizations to provide certain information about the hospital survey process and CMS oversight of the organizations by March 23. “Although…
Dec 1, 2017
The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking health plan and clearinghouse volunteers to participate in an HHS Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act administrative simplification optimization project pilot. Volunteers will undergo reviews of their transactions for compliance…
Nov 9, 2017
Hospitals are committed to meeting and exceeding quality and safety standards, which continually evolve as health care delivery and the science of medicine improve.
The AHA supports recent changes to the Medicare Conditions of Participation, as well as important updates related to Joint Commission accreditation. We have also advocated for more clarity in the interpretation of standards, as well as a less burdensome CMS survey process that could improve…
Nov 8, 2017
The House of Representatives yesterday voted 242-181 to approve legislation (H.R. 3441) that would amend the National Labor Relations Act and Fair Labor Standards Act to clarify that two or more employers must have “actual, direct, and immediate” control over employees to be considered joint…
Nov 6, 2017
The Joint Commission last week announced updates to its emergency management standards effective Nov.15. Issued in response to the Centers for Medicare…
Oct 31, 2017
The Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee held a hearing this afternoon on implementing the 21st Century Cures Act to achieve the promise of health information technology. Among other provisions, the 2016 law requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to create a…
Oct 9, 2017
More than 880,000 physicians were certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties in 2017, about 20,000 more than in 2016, according to the board’s latest certification report. AHA is an associate member of ABMS, which certifies physicians in 39 specialties and 86 subspecialties. For…
Oct 5, 2017
The House Energy and Commerce Committee last night voted 28-23 along party lines to approve legislation to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program through fiscal year 2022. The federal matching rate would remain at 23% through FY 2019, change to 11.5% for FY 2020 and return to a…
Oct 5, 2017
The House Committee on Education and the Workforce yesterday voted 23-17 to approve legislation (H.R. 3441) that would amend the National Labor Relations Act and Fair Labor Standards Act to clarify that two or more employers must have “actual, direct, and immediate” control over employees to be…
Sep 29, 2017
On Sept. 6, the CMS' Survey and Certification (S&C) Group released guidance clarifying how it will determine whether a facility qualifies as a hospital under Section 1861(e)(1) of the Social Security Act.