The CMS is seeking public comment on the Joint Commissions request for continued deeming authority of its hospital program, which is set to expire on July 15, 2010.
The federal agency, publishing its notice in the June 26 Federal Register, said comments must be received by July 27. The CMS is evaluating whether the commissions standards meet its own conditions of participation in the Medicare program and is scrutinizing the commissions survey process. The agency has 210 days from May 1 to make its determination. In the meantime, the CMS also issued a final notice in the Federal Register that cleared the commissions critical-access hospital accreditation program. The federal agency had placed that program on probation last October until the commission could resolve gaps between its standards and Medicare conditions of participation.
The CMS also issued a call for comments on the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities application for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for ambulatory surgical centers in the Federal Register.
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