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Kirk Nahra Discusses Final CMS Rule on National Accreditation Organizations

Bloomberg BNA’s Health Law Resource Center
June 8, 2015

Kirk J. Nahra, chair of Wiley Rein’s Privacy Practice and co-chair of the Health Care Practice, was quoted in a Bloomberg BNA article about the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) final rule on national accreditation organizations (AOs).

The final rule, which takes effect July 21, will subject AOs to new survey, certification, and enforcement standards, according to the article. For example, an AO must notify CMS within two business days if it identifies a situation at a Medicare provider that may place patients in immediate jeopardy.

That reporting requirement makes some sense, but is likely to have little real-world impact, “since you would need to have an immediate jeopardy situation coincide with an accreditation visit,” Mr. Nahra said.