Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Application From the Joint Commission for Continued CMS-Approval of Its Critical Access Hospital Accreditation Program, 23004-23005 [2017-10216]

Download as PDF 23004 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 96 / Friday, May 19, 2017 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [CMS–3336–PN] Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Application From the Joint Commission for Continued CMSApproval of Its Critical Access Hospital Accreditation Program Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS. ACTION: Notice with request for comment. AGENCY: This proposed notice acknowledges the receipt of an application from the Joint Commission for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for critical access hospitals that wish to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs. DATES: To be assured consideration, comments must be received at one of the addresses provided below, no later than 5 p.m. on June 19, 2017. ADDRESSES: In commenting, please refer to file code CMS–3336–PN. Because of staff and resource limitations, we cannot accept comments by facsimile (FAX) transmission. You may submit comments in one of four ways (please choose only one of the ways listed): 1. Electronically. You may submit electronic comments on this regulation to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the ‘‘Submit a comment’’ instructions. 2. By regular mail. You may mail written comments to the following address ONLY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: CMS–3336–PN, P.O. Box 8010, Baltimore, MD 21244–8010. Please allow sufficient time for mailed comments to be received before the close of the comment period. 3. By express or overnight mail. You may send written comments to the following address ONLY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: CMS–3336–PN, Mail Stop C4–26–05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244–1850. 4. By hand or courier. Alternatively, you may deliver (by hand or courier) your written comments ONLY to the following addresses: a. For delivery in Washington, DC— Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Room 445–G, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:15 May 18, 2017 Jkt 241001 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20201. (Because access to the interior of the Hubert H. Humphrey Building is not readily available to persons without Federal government identification, commenters are encouraged to leave their comments in the CMS drop slots located in the main lobby of the building. A stamp-in clock is available for persons wishing to retain a proof of filing by stamping in and retaining an extra copy of the comments being filed.) b. For delivery in Baltimore, MD— Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244–1850. If you intend to deliver your comments to the Baltimore address, call telephone number (410) 786–9994 in advance to schedule your arrival with one of our staff members. Comments erroneously mailed to the addresses indicated as appropriate for hand or courier delivery may be delayed and received after the comment period. For information on viewing public comments, see the beginning of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Monda Shaver, (410) 786–3410, Karena Meushaw, (410) 786–6609, or Patricia Chmielewski, (410) 786–6899. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Inspection of Public Comments: All comments received before the close of the comment period are available for viewing by the public, including any personally identifiable or confidential business information that is included in a comment. We post all comments received before the close of the comment period on the following Web site as soon as possible after they have been received: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the search instructions on that Web site to view public comments. Comments received timely will also be available for public inspection as they are received, generally beginning approximately 3 weeks after publication of a document, at the headquarters of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244, Monday through Friday of each week from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. To schedule an appointment to view public comments, phone 1–800–743–3951. I. Background of the Social Security Act (the Act), establishes distinct criteria for facilities seeking designation as a CAH. Regulations concerning provider agreements are at 42 CFR part 489 and those pertaining to activities relating to the survey and certification of facilities are at 42 CFR part 488. The regulations at 42 CFR part 485, subpart F specify the conditions that a CAH must meet to participate in the Medicare program, the scope of covered services, and the conditions for Medicare payment for CAHs. Generally, to enter into an agreement, a CAH must first be certified by a State survey agency as complying with the conditions or requirements set forth in part 485 of our regulations. Thereafter, the CAH is subject to regular surveys by a State survey agency to determine whether it continues to meet these requirements. There is an alternative, however, to surveys by State agencies. Section 1865(a)(1) of the Act provides that, if a provider entity demonstrates through accreditation by an approved national accrediting organization that all applicable Medicare conditions are met or exceeded, we will deem that provider entity as having met the requirements. Accreditation from an accrediting organization is voluntary and is not required for Medicare participation. If an accrediting organization is recognized by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (the Secretary) as having standards for accreditation that meet or exceed Medicare requirements, any provider entity accredited by the national accrediting body’s approved program would be deemed to meet the Medicare conditions. A national accrediting organization applying for approval of its accreditation program under part 488, subpart A, must provide CMS with reasonable assurance that the accrediting organization requires the accredited provider entities to meet requirements that are at least as stringent as the Medicare conditions. Our regulations concerning the approval of accrediting organizations are set forth at § 488.5. The regulations at § 488.5(e)(2)(i) require an accrediting organization to reapply for continued approval of its accreditation program every 6 years or sooner, as determined by CMS. The Joint Commission’s (TJC’s) current term of approval for its CAH accreditation program expires November 21, 2017. Under the Medicare program, eligible beneficiaries may receive covered services in a critical access hospital (CAH) provided certain requirements are met by the CAH. Section 1861(mm) II. Approval of Deeming Organizations Section 1865(a)(2) of the Act and our regulations at § 488.5 require that our findings concerning review and approval of a national accrediting PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\19MYN1.SGM 19MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 96 / Friday, May 19, 2017 / Notices asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES organization’s requirements consider, among other factors, the applying accrediting organization’s requirements for accreditation; survey procedures; resources for conducting required surveys; capacity to furnish information for use in enforcement activities; monitoring procedures for provider entities found not in compliance with the conditions or requirements; and ability to provide CMS with the necessary data for validation. Section 1865(a)(3)(A) of the Act further requires that we publish, within 60 days of receipt of an organization’s complete application, a notice identifying the national accrediting body making the request, describing the nature of the request, and providing at least a 30-day public comment period. We have 210 days from the receipt of a complete application to publish notice of approval or denial of the application. The purpose of this proposed notice is to inform the public of TJC’s request for continued CMS-approval of its CAH accreditation program. This notice also solicits public comment on whether TJC’s requirements meet or exceed the Medicare conditions of participation for CAHs. III. Evaluation of Deeming Authority Request TJC submitted all the necessary materials to enable us to make a determination concerning its request for continued approval of its CAH accreditation program. This application was determined to be complete on March 31, 2017. Under Section 1865(a)(2) of the Act and our regulations at 42 CFR 488.5 (Application and reapplication procedures for national accrediting organizations), our review and evaluation of TJC will be conducted in accordance with, but not necessarily limited to, the following factors: • The equivalency of TJC’s standards for CAHs as compared with CMS’ CAH conditions of participation. • TJC’s survey process to determine the following: ++ The composition of the survey team, surveyor qualifications, and the ability of the organization to provide continuing surveyor training. ++ The comparability of TJC’s processes to those of State agencies, including survey frequency, and the ability to investigate and respond appropriately to complaints against accredited facilities. ++ TJC’s processes and procedures for monitoring a CAH is out of compliance with TJC’s program requirements. These monitoring procedures are used only when TJC identifies noncompliance. If VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:15 May 18, 2017 Jkt 241001 noncompliance is identified through validation reviews or complaint surveys, the State survey agency monitors corrections as specified at § 488.9(c). ++ TJC’s capacity to report deficiencies to the surveyed facilities and respond to the facility’s plan of correction in a timely manner. ++ TJC’s capacity to provide CMS with electronic data and reports necessary for effective validation and assessment of the organization’s survey process. ++ The adequacy of TJC’s staff and other resources, and its financial viability. ++ TJC’s capacity to adequately fund required surveys. ++ TJC’s policies with respect to whether surveys are announced or unannounced, to assure that surveys are unannounced. ++ TJC’s agreement to provide CMS with a copy of the most current accreditation survey together with any other information related to the survey as CMS may require (including corrective action plans). IV. Collection of Information Requirements This document does not impose information collection requirements, that is, reporting, recordkeeping or third-party disclosure requirements. Consequently, there is no need for review by the Office of Management and Budget under the authority of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). V. Response to Public Comments Because of the large number of public comments we normally receive on Federal Register documents, we are not able to acknowledge or respond to them individually. We will consider all comments we receive by the date and time specified in the ‘‘DATES’’ section of this preamble, and, when we proceed with a subsequent document, we will respond to the comments in the preamble to that document. Upon completion of our evaluation, including evaluation of comments received as a result of this notice, we will publish a final notice in the Federal Register announcing the result of our evaluation. Dated: April 25, 2017. 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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 96 (Friday, May 19, 2017)]
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

[CMS-3336-PN]


Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Application From the Joint 
Commission for Continued CMS-Approval of Its Critical Access Hospital 
Accreditation Program

AGENCY: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS.

ACTION: Notice with request for comment.

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SUMMARY: This proposed notice acknowledges the receipt of an 
application from the Joint Commission for continued recognition as a 
national accrediting organization for critical access hospitals that 
wish to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs.

DATES: To be assured consideration, comments must be received at one of 
the addresses provided below, no later than 5 p.m. on June 19, 2017.

ADDRESSES: In commenting, please refer to file code CMS-3336-PN. 
Because of staff and resource limitations, we cannot accept comments by 
facsimile (FAX) transmission.
    You may submit comments in one of four ways (please choose only one 
of the ways listed):
    1. Electronically. You may submit electronic comments on this 
regulation to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the ``Submit a 
comment'' instructions.
    2. By regular mail. You may mail written comments to the following 
address ONLY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of 
Health and Human Services, Attention: CMS-3336-PN, P.O. Box 8010, 
Baltimore, MD 21244-8010.
    Please allow sufficient time for mailed comments to be received 
before the close of the comment period.
    3. By express or overnight mail. You may send written comments to 
the following address ONLY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 
Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: CMS-3336-PN, Mail 
Stop C4-26-05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244-1850.
    4. By hand or courier. Alternatively, you may deliver (by hand or 
courier) your written comments ONLY to the following addresses:
    a. For delivery in Washington, DC--Centers for Medicare & Medicaid 
Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Room 445-G, Hubert 
H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 
20201.
    (Because access to the interior of the Hubert H. Humphrey Building 
is not readily available to persons without Federal government 
identification, commenters are encouraged to leave their comments in 
the CMS drop slots located in the main lobby of the building. A stamp-
in clock is available for persons wishing to retain a proof of filing 
by stamping in and retaining an extra copy of the comments being 
filed.)
    b. For delivery in Baltimore, MD--Centers for Medicare & Medicaid 
Services, Department of Health and Human Services, 7500 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244-1850.
    If you intend to deliver your comments to the Baltimore address, 
call telephone number (410) 786-9994 in advance to schedule your 
arrival with one of our staff members.
    Comments erroneously mailed to the addresses indicated as 
appropriate for hand or courier delivery may be delayed and received 
after the comment period.
    For information on viewing public comments, see the beginning of 
the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Monda Shaver, (410) 786-3410, Karena 
Meushaw, (410) 786-6609, or Patricia Chmielewski, (410) 786-6899.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Inspection of Public Comments: All comments received before the 
close of the comment period are available for viewing by the public, 
including any personally identifiable or confidential business 
information that is included in a comment. We post all comments 
received before the close of the comment period on the following Web 
site as soon as possible after they have been received: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the search instructions on that Web site to 
view public comments.
    Comments received timely will also be available for public 
inspection as they are received, generally beginning approximately 3 
weeks after publication of a document, at the headquarters of the 
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, Maryland 21244, Monday through Friday of each week from 8:30 
a.m. to 4 p.m. To schedule an appointment to view public comments, 
phone 1-800-743-3951.

I. Background

    Under the Medicare program, eligible beneficiaries may receive 
covered services in a critical access hospital (CAH) provided certain 
requirements are met by the CAH. Section 1861(mm) of the Social 
Security Act (the Act), establishes distinct criteria for facilities 
seeking designation as a CAH. Regulations concerning provider 
agreements are at 42 CFR part 489 and those pertaining to activities 
relating to the survey and certification of facilities are at 42 CFR 
part 488. The regulations at 42 CFR part 485, subpart F specify the 
conditions that a CAH must meet to participate in the Medicare program, 
the scope of covered services, and the conditions for Medicare payment 
for CAHs.
    Generally, to enter into an agreement, a CAH must first be 
certified by a State survey agency as complying with the conditions or 
requirements set forth in part 485 of our regulations. Thereafter, the 
CAH is subject to regular surveys by a State survey agency to determine 
whether it continues to meet these requirements. There is an 
alternative, however, to surveys by State agencies.
    Section 1865(a)(1) of the Act provides that, if a provider entity 
demonstrates through accreditation by an approved national accrediting 
organization that all applicable Medicare conditions are met or 
exceeded, we will deem that provider entity as having met the 
requirements. Accreditation from an accrediting organization is 
voluntary and is not required for Medicare participation.
    If an accrediting organization is recognized by the Secretary of 
the Department of Health and Human Services (the Secretary) as having 
standards for accreditation that meet or exceed Medicare requirements, 
any provider entity accredited by the national accrediting body's 
approved program would be deemed to meet the Medicare conditions. A 
national accrediting organization applying for approval of its 
accreditation program under part 488, subpart A, must provide CMS with 
reasonable assurance that the accrediting organization requires the 
accredited provider entities to meet requirements that are at least as 
stringent as the Medicare conditions. Our regulations concerning the 
approval of accrediting organizations are set forth at Sec.  488.5. The 
regulations at Sec.  488.5(e)(2)(i) require an accrediting organization 
to reapply for continued approval of its accreditation program every 6 
years or sooner, as determined by CMS. The Joint Commission's (TJC's) 
current term of approval for its CAH accreditation program expires 
November 21, 2017.

II. Approval of Deeming Organizations

    Section 1865(a)(2) of the Act and our regulations at Sec.  488.5 
require that our findings concerning review and approval of a national 
accrediting

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organization's requirements consider, among other factors, the applying 
accrediting organization's requirements for accreditation; survey 
procedures; resources for conducting required surveys; capacity to 
furnish information for use in enforcement activities; monitoring 
procedures for provider entities found not in compliance with the 
conditions or requirements; and ability to provide CMS with the 
necessary data for validation.
    Section 1865(a)(3)(A) of the Act further requires that we publish, 
within 60 days of receipt of an organization's complete application, a 
notice identifying the national accrediting body making the request, 
describing the nature of the request, and providing at least a 30-day 
public comment period. We have 210 days from the receipt of a complete 
application to publish notice of approval or denial of the application.
    The purpose of this proposed notice is to inform the public of 
TJC's request for continued CMS-approval of its CAH accreditation 
program. This notice also solicits public comment on whether TJC's 
requirements meet or exceed the Medicare conditions of participation 
for CAHs.

III. Evaluation of Deeming Authority Request

    TJC submitted all the necessary materials to enable us to make a 
determination concerning its request for continued approval of its CAH 
accreditation program. This application was determined to be complete 
on March 31, 2017. Under Section 1865(a)(2) of the Act and our 
regulations at 42 CFR 488.5 (Application and re-application procedures 
for national accrediting organizations), our review and evaluation of 
TJC will be conducted in accordance with, but not necessarily limited 
to, the following factors:
     The equivalency of TJC's standards for CAHs as compared 
with CMS' CAH conditions of participation.
     TJC's survey process to determine the following:
    ++ The composition of the survey team, surveyor qualifications, and 
the ability of the organization to provide continuing surveyor 
training.
    ++ The comparability of TJC's processes to those of State agencies, 
including survey frequency, and the ability to investigate and respond 
appropriately to complaints against accredited facilities.
    ++ TJC's processes and procedures for monitoring a CAH is out of 
compliance with TJC's program requirements. These monitoring procedures 
are used only when TJC identifies noncompliance. If noncompliance is 
identified through validation reviews or complaint surveys, the State 
survey agency monitors corrections as specified at Sec.  488.9(c).
    ++ TJC's capacity to report deficiencies to the surveyed facilities 
and respond to the facility's plan of correction in a timely manner.
    ++ TJC's capacity to provide CMS with electronic data and reports 
necessary for effective validation and assessment of the organization's 
survey process.
    ++ The adequacy of TJC's staff and other resources, and its 
financial viability.
    ++ TJC's capacity to adequately fund required surveys.
    ++ TJC's policies with respect to whether surveys are announced or 
unannounced, to assure that surveys are unannounced.
    ++ TJC's agreement to provide CMS with a copy of the most current 
accreditation survey together with any other information related to the 
survey as CMS may require (including corrective action plans).

IV. Collection of Information Requirements

    This document does not impose information collection requirements, 
that is, reporting, recordkeeping or third-party disclosure 
requirements. Consequently, there is no need for review by the Office 
of Management and Budget under the authority of the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.).

V. Response to Public Comments

    Because of the large number of public comments we normally receive 
on Federal Register documents, we are not able to acknowledge or 
respond to them individually. We will consider all comments we receive 
by the date and time specified in the ``DATES'' section of this 
preamble, and, when we proceed with a subsequent document, we will 
respond to the comments in the preamble to that document.
    Upon completion of our evaluation, including evaluation of comments 
received as a result of this notice, we will publish a final notice in 
the Federal Register announcing the result of our evaluation.

    Dated: April 25, 2017.
Seema Verma,
Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
[FR Doc. 2017-10216 Filed 5-18-17; 8:45 am]
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