CMS withdraws proposal that would have made accreditation reports public — 3 key notes

CMS withdrew a proposal which would have required accrediting organizations to publicly disclose their accreditation surveys.

Here's what you should know:

1. CMS withdrew the rule after a flux of public comments. CMS wanted to make the reports available to increase transparency.

2. In an update to its final rule, CMS said, "CMS is committed to ensuring that patients have the ability to review the findings used to determine that a facility meets the health and safety standards required for Medicare participation. However, we believe further review, consideration, and refinement of this proposal is necessary to ensure that CMS establishes requirements, consistent with our statutory authority, that will inform patients and continue to support high quality care."

3. The Joint Commission was one of many organizations that expressed concerns over the proposal.

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