Joint Commission reports on HHS rules review

Accreditation Connection, June 17, 2011

Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a plan for a retrospective review of existing rules. The details of this plan can be found on the HHS web site.

In the most recent Joint Commission Online, the healthcare accreditor states that it has advocated for a comprehensive review and update of two areas highlighted in the plan:

  • the hospital conditions of participation (CoPs);
  • and the hospital pay for reporting quality measures.

According to HHS, in Executive Order 13563, the President recognized the importance of a streamlined, effective, efficient regulatory framework to achieve economic growth, investment flows, job-creation, and competition. While HHS’s systematic review of regulations will focus on the elimination of rules that are no longer justified or necessary, the review will also consider strengthening, complementing, or modernizing rules where necessary or appropriate—including, if relevant, undertaking new rulemaking, the report states.

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