Federal Regulations

Commentary from Final Rule on the Stark Exceptions

On November 30, 2011, the CMS will publish final rules in the Federal Register entitled Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment; Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment; Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program; Physician Self-Referral; and Patient Notification Requirements in Provider Agreements. These final rules include a number of provisions to implement various sections of the Affordable Care Act. Among these provisions are implementing regulations for section 6001 describing the process for requesting an exemption from the limitation on increases in operating and procedure rooms and beds. The rule also discusses new requirements for patient notification. The link is an excerpt from the final rule with the text on Section 6001.

Effective Date: January 1, 2012

Commentary from Final Rule on Additional Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program Policies

On November 30, 2011, the CMS will publish final rules in the Federal Register entitled Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment; Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment; Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program; Physician Self-Referral; and Patient Notification Requirements in Provider Agreements. These final rules include a number of provisions to implement various sections of the Affordable Care Act. Among these provisions are regulations finalizing a two-phase review and corrections process for Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) data. The link is an excerpt from the final rule. Effective Date: January 1, 2012

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