Thursday, April 11, 2013

NAHAM Releases New CMS Toolkit

As a follow up to the well-received Joint Commission Toolkit, NAHAM unveiled a new toolkit this week to help hospitals prepare for visits from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The CMS Toolkit was put together by the Policy Development and Government Relations Committee, and is based both on CMS audit policy, and on real world experiences from those committee members that have been through CMS audits in the past.

The toolkit, available to NAHAM members, is broken down into five sections, beginning with CMS Survey Toolkit elements. This section includes a preparedness checklist, question sets, case studies, and scenarios (still to come). The second section gives an overview of the CMS survey and links to the conditions of participation and standards, and the state operations manual.

Section three offers members resources on nine areas of focus including patient’s rights, patient abuse, physical environment, infection control, medical necessity, Medicare secondary pater education, advance directives, charity care, and the emergency medical treatment and labor act (EMTALA).

Sections four and direct members to different online resources both through the CMS, and through other organizations.

The toolkit is the latest in a wide variety of resources that NAHAM offers members. The toolkit is available on the website, and can be found here

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