EtO Quality Advisory Overview: The AHA and AHRMM have released a Quality Advisory on ethylene oxide sterilization of medical devices. The AHA and AHRMM will continue to update members on this issue. Read Advisory
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CMS Releases Final Rules for CY 2011 Hospital Outpatient/ASC Payment System, Physician Fee Schedule and Home Health Payment System
An overview of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' three final rules for calendar year 2011 the outpatient prospective payment system and ambulatory surgical center rule, the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule rule and the Home Health PPS rule.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a VBP program to pay hospitals for their actual performance on quality measures, rather than just the reporting of those measures, beginning in fiscal year (FY) 2013. The VBP program will apply to all acute-care prospective payment system (PPS) hospitals. Read a summary of key provisions of the proposed rule.
The FDA UDI ruling has finally arrived - the proposed rule has published. Please see the FDA website (www.fda.gov/udi) for a link to the proposed regulation. Highlights include a 120 day comment period to begin shortly, 6 months later a final ruling that will begin with Class III devices within 2 years, possibly sooner. Below is the FDA press release:
The final regulations that provide guidance on the excise tax imposed on the sale of certain medical devices, enacted by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 in conjunction with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Hospital Compare: CMS Suspends Display of Hospital-Acquired Conditions Data
The medical device excise tax is a feature of the Affordable Care Act. It is important to be knowledgeable about the tax and its effects.
New Guidance on Humidity Levels in the Operating Room
This Special Fraud Alert focuses on the specific attributes and practices of PODs that OIG believes produce substantial fraud and abuse risk and pose dangers to patient safety.