October 16, 2018
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a number of changes to the oversight of Medicare Accrediting Organizations (AOs). CMS believes these changes will improve quality and safety in healthcare facilities and empower patients with information to make decisions about where to receive care.
Currently, Medicare-participating healthcare providers and suppliers are surveyed either by State survey agencies or by AOs to ensure that they meet CMS’ quality and safety standards. There are currently 10 CMS-approved AOs, each of which surveys one or more different types of facilities. CMS announced three changes to the current process: 1) the public posting of AO performance data; 2) a redesigned process for AO validation surveys; and 3) the release of the Annual Report to Congress.
The CMS press release on these changes is available here.