The American Hospital Association submitted 19 pages of concerns (PDF) regarding federal regulations to ambulatory surgical centers.
AHA airs concerns about ASC regulations
The AHA highlighted two main gripes along with previously submitted suggestions made in a letter dated Thursday to CMS officials. The letter comes in response to recommendations made in a proposed rule that federal officials presented in October. Thursday's letter contained AHA's worries regarding changes to emergency equipment requirements for ASCs. The AHA disagrees with the CMS assessment that the equipment in question, which is used in case of complications from administering anesthesia, is unnecessary. They called the equipment “a necessary patient safety protection.”
The AHA also holds concerns to changes on how ASCs would report infection-control problems. AHA officials said they believe the changes would eliminate reporting and “limit the ability to determine progress in reducing this problem in ASCs.”
Other concerns were also included in a June letter AHA letter sent to the CMS. They include reactions to revisions to Medicare and Medicaid electronic health-record incentives and certification; suggestions on how to modernize and lessen the burden from required Medicare notices to beneficiaries by translating notices in different languages; and aligning the quality metrics used in various Medicare and Medicaid programs to avoid redundant reporting burdens to beneficiaries.
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