Accreditation

CMS asks if AOs offering consulting services have a conflict of interest

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, February 1, 2019

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BY A.J. PLUNKETT

Ever had questions about whether it was good or appropriate to pay your accrediting organization (AO) for consulting services on how to comply with the same standards they set that allows you to stay in business? CMS is interested in that question as well.

On December 18, the federal agency pre-published a request for information on “Medicare Program: Accrediting Organizations Conflict of Interest and Consulting Services.” Comments are due February 19.
“This request for information (RFI) seeks public comment regarding the appropriateness of the practices of some Medicare-approved Accrediting Organizations (AOs) to provide fee-based consultative services for Medicare-participating providers and suppliers as part of their business model,” according to the notice published in the Federal Register.

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