CPS Submits Comment to CMS ACA Proposed Rule Regarding Patient Safety Requirements

January 2, 2014    |   By: Calevir

In response to the December 2 publication of a proposed rule for the Affordable Care Act Benefit and Payment Parameters, including requirements for Qualified Health Plans (QHP) to meet patient safety requirements, the Center for Patient safety submitted comments along with several other PSOs across the nation.   Among other provisions, the rule proposes a two-year delay in the requirement for QHPs to only contract with hospitals that have more than 50 beds if the hospital participates with a PSO as part of its patient safety program. The Center’s comments address concerns about Medicare COPs being a sufficient requirement for patient safety standards during the 2-year delay in light of studies showing greater strides need to be made to reduce error, the need to acknowledge the work of PSOs and organizations that have participated with PSOs and disagreeing with CMS’ assertion that PSOs do not have the capacity to add participants and QHPs would have difficulty confirming compliance.

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