Corporate Compliance

Regulations: CMS withdraws advance care planning, publishes screening final rule, and more

Medicare Update for Physician Services, February 3, 2011

CMS posts display copy of screening requirements final rule

CMS has issued a display copy of a final rule to implement provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that establish screening procedures for providers and suppliers. The rule also discusses compliance plan requirements for providers and suppliers.

View the display copy.

CMS withdraws advance care planning as element of annual wellness visit

On January 10, CMS published in the Federal Register a notice to rescind the addition and definition of voluntary advance care planning as a specified element of the annual wellness visit that was finalized in the 2011 MPFS final rule. CMS cited a “wide range of views on this subject held by a broad range of stakeholders (including members of Congress and those who were involved with this provision during the debate on the Affordable Care Act),” in deciding to remove the provision.

In addition to making the substantive amendment, CMS also published several technical corrections to the 2011 MPFS final rule in the January 11 Federal Register.

View the amendment regarding advance care planning.

View CMS’ technical corrections to the 2011 final rule.

CMS posts final rule on permanent HIT certification program

On January 7, CMS published in the Federal Register a final rule to establish a permanent certification program for the purpose of certifying health information technology (HIT). The permanent certification program will eventually replace the temporary certification program that was previously established by a final rule.

View the final rule.

Read more about the permanent certification program.

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