Health Information Management

Provider Round Table seeking new members

APCs Insider, March 26, 2010

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In 2003 HCPro, Inc., Nimitt Consulting, Inc., and 3M Health Information Systems joined forces to create a forum called the Provider Roundtable (PRT). The group currently consists of individuals from 14 healthcare organizations with one common goal—to provide input and guidance to CMS on critical OPPS and APC issues.

The PRT has worked continuously the past seven years providing formal and informal comments to CMS, FI/MACs, and the APC Advisory Panel. On many occasions the PRT has seen its work come to fruition in the form of changes from CMS (visit Nimitt Consulting to read more about the Provider Roundtable).
 
Call for new members in progress
The PRT welcomes representatives from all hospital disciplines including HIM, business, patient accounting, compliance, clinical and ancillary departments, information systems, finance, and others interested in improving the OPPS/APC system. If you have ideas about how CMS can improve OPPS/APCs, but not enough time to submit comments on your own, being a part of the PRT is the perfect opportunity for your voice to be heard. In addition to affecting policy decisions at a national level, PRT members exchange ideas, questions, and innovative strategies with one another, resulting in improvements for their healthcare organizations.
 
  • All membership applications are due no later than May 7. Interested individuals can request more information and an application by sending an e-mail to roundtable@nimitt.com.
  • PRT candidates should be moderate-to-expert level professionals in both their given discipline subject matter as well as knowledge of the OPPS system.
 
Additional details
  • A selection committee made up of existing members will select new members in the coming months
  • The PRT (including new members) will meet in the Washington, DC, area in August or September to discuss and prepare comments on the 2011 OPPS proposed rule.
  • Individuals participating in the PRT must have their employer cover their transportation and accommodation costs as necessary
  • PRT members must be employed by a provider and must maintain active participation in the group by attending one in person meeting a year, participating in periodic conference calls, and working with the group to prepare substantive comments for CMS and others as necessary

 



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