The CMS said it will launch an 18-month pilot project to evaluate how effective voluntary hospital compliance programs are at preventing violations of state and federal regulations. The project will involve academic medical centers and acute-care hospitals with at least 100 beds in 13 states and the District of Columbia. Participants' inpatient revenue should make up at least 30% of total revenue and at least one-fourth of total revenue must come from Medicare. Hospitals have until June 25 to notify the CMS of their interest in participating. The project will use error rates and claims rejections from Medicare contractors to measure programs' effectiveness, as well as on-site reviews of compliance programs. The target states are Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia. Read the CMS news release. -- by Tony Fong
CMS project to evaluate compliance programs
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