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Congress wants answers from CMS, AOs on hospital patient safety

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, May 1, 2018

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  If you thought The Joint Commission and other accrediting organizations (AO) were already under the proverbial gun from CMS, get ready—the House Energy and Commerce committee is launching an investigation into hospital patient safety.

In a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, the committee is asking for what could be reams of information from the agency about patient harm and incidents of misconduct at acute care hospitals. The committee has also asked for similar information from each of the four hospital AOs.

Noting that the Department of Health and Human Services, through CMS, must provide oversight of AOs, including CMS’ own survey agencies, “the Committee is concerned about the adequacy of CMS’ oversight as well as the rigor of the AO survey process,”

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