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Rule would expand notification to hospices
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposed rule that would require most Medicare-participating providers and suppliers to give Medicare beneficiaries written notice of their right to contact a Medicare quality improvement organization (QIO) with concerns about the quality of care they receive under the Medicare program, according to the American Hospital Association (AHA).
Currently, only beneficiaries admitted to hospitals as inpatients are required to receive information about contacting their state QIO regarding quality of care issues, the AHA says. The proposed rule would pertain to all Medicare patients at hospices; home health agencies; hospitals and critical access hospitals; ambulatory surgical centers; rehabilitation agencies and public health agencies that provide outpatient physical therapy and speech-language-pathology services; comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facilities; long-term care facilities; portable x-ray services; rural health clinics; clinics and federally qualified health centers.
CMS will accept comments on the proposed rule through April 3. The proposed rule can be accessed at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-02-02/pdf/2011-2275.pdf. You may submit electronic comments on this regulation at http://www.regulations.gov.