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- AOA votes for single accreditation system
American Osteopathic Association (AOA) delegates voted last week to support a decision by the AOA Board of Trustees to pursue a new, single accreditation system for graduate medical education. The vote clears the way for medical schools, hospitals, and community health centers to develop a single standard for residency program training. Graduating students from DO or MD schools can now become board-eligible, practicing physicians in the United States through a single accrediting system.
- Single accreditation system for GME gets the go-ahead
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) have agreed to a single accreditation system for graduate medical education (GME) programs in the U.S. The single accreditation system will allow graduates of allopathic and osteopathic medical schools to complete their residency and/or fellowship education in ACGME-accredited programs and demonstrate achievement of common Milestones and competencies.
- Draft NPDB Guidebook open for public comment
The National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) is revising the NPDB Guidebook to incorporate legislative and regulatory changes adopted since its last edition, including the merger of the NPDB with the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank. The revised Guidebook will offer more and clearer examples of when and how to report and query, more useful tables explaining Data Bank policies, and live links to statutes, regulations, and the NPDB website.
- CMS reintroduces Comprehensive APCs, proposes expanded packaging
The 2015 OPPS proposed rule, released July 3 by CMS, is relatively short at less than 700 pages, but contains refinements to the previously introduced Comprehensive APC policy, significant packaging of ancillary services, and a change for inpatient certification requirements.
- CMS cites rising participation in PQRS program
The latest Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Experience Report shows significant increases in participation in two volutnary programs. More than 430,000 professionals participated in the PQRS and more than 340,000 in the eRx programs, according to Patrick Conway, MD, CMS’ deputy administrator for innovation and quality and chief medical officer. CMS is in the beginning stages of adding this information to the Physician Compare website, which can be viewed by patients, he said.
- Lawsuits: Ky. physicians performed unnecessary surgeries
Physicians at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Ky. performed “medically unnecessary and harmful” heart procedures on more than 500 people, two lawsuits filed Tuesday claim. The lawsuits, filed in state court, alleged that physicians at the medical center misrepresented the severity of patients’ heart conditions to justify surgeries such as installing stents to get payments from federal healthcare programs.
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