AHA and others urge CMS to withdraw physician supervision policy

Accreditation Connection, April 27, 2009

After a recent policy change to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) policy on physician supervision of hospital outpatient therapeutic services, the American Hospital Association (AHA) and 11 other healthcare organizations have strongly suggested CMS withdraw or delay the policy.

In a letter addressed to CMS, the 12 healthcare organizations said the policy "places a considerable burden on hospitals, requiring them to engage more physicians for direct supervisory coverage without a clear clinical need."

CMS was also asked to suspend any enforcement of the policy until all issues addressed in the letter were fulfilled.

The group feels not enough time has elapsed since the outpatient prospective payment system was introduced in 2009 and that hospitals have not been given a sufficient amount of time to comply with the policy, without "effective and adequate notice."

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