Health Information Management

Provider Roundtable currently seeking new members

APCs Insider, April 13, 2007

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In the spring of 2003, HCPro, Inc., Nimitt Consulting, Inc., and 3M Health Information Systems joined forces to create a forum called the Provider Roundtable (PRT). The group currently consists of individuals from 14 different healthcare organizations with one common goal--to provide input and guidance to CMS on critical OPPS and APC issues.

The PRT has worked continuously the past three and a half years providing formal and informal comments to CMS, FIs, and the APC Advisory Panel. On more than one occasion, the PRT has seen its work come to fruition in the form of changes from CMS.

(Visit www.nimitt.com/resources/roundtable/index.htm to read more about the Provider Roundtable).

New members needed

The PRT welcomes representatives from all hospital departments, including health information management, business, patient accounting, compliance, clinical and ancillary departments, information systems, finance, and other hospital-based providers interested in improving the OPPS/APC system.

If you have ideas on how CMS can improve OPPS/APCs, but not enough time to submit comments on your own, being a part of the PRT is the perfect opportunity to get your voice heard. In addition to affecting policy decisions at a national level, PRT members exchange ideas, questions, and innovative strategies with one another, resulting in improvements for their own healthcare organizations. 

Additional details

  • The PRT will add approximately six new members to the group. 
  • A committee made up of existing panel members and PRT sponsors will select new members in the coming months and will meet in August or September 2007 to discuss and prepare comments on the 2008 OPPS proposed rule.
  • Individuals participating in the PRT must cover their own transportation and accommodation costs as necessary. Sponsors will cover costs for breakfast, lunch, and breaks, plus other meeting-related expenses.

Interested individuals can request more information and an application by sending an e-mail to roundtable@nimitt.com. Completed applications must be received no later than May 11, 2007. Selected participants will be notified no later than July 15, 2007.



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