Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Application From the American Osteopathic Association/Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program for Continued CMS-Approval of Its Hospital Accreditation Program, 17677-17679 [2013-06640]

Download as PDF srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 56 / Friday, March 22, 2013 / Notices improve the quality of health care. This strategy has established six priorities that support the three-part aim. The three-part aim focuses on better care, better health, and lower costs through improvement. The six priorities include: Making care safer by reducing harm caused by the delivery of care; ensuring that each person and family are engaged as partners in their care; promoting effective communication and coordination of care; promoting the most effective prevention and treatment practices for the leading causes of mortality, starting with cardiovascular disease; working with communities to promote wide use of best practices to enable healthy living; and making quality care more affordable for individuals, families, employers, and governments by developing and spreading new health care delivery models. 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To be assured consideration, comments and recommendations for the proposed information collections must be received by the OMB desk officer at the address below, no later than 5 p.m. on April 22, 2013. OMB, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: CMS Desk Officer, Fax Number: (202) 395– 6974, Email: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov. Dated: March 19, 2013. Martique Jones, Deputy Director, Regulations Development Group, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs. [FR Doc. 2013–06632 Filed 3–21–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4120–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17677 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [CMS–3281–PN] Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Application From the American Osteopathic Association/Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program for Continued CMS-Approval of Its Hospital Accreditation Program Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS. ACTION: Proposed notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This proposed notice with comment period acknowledges the receipt of an application from the American Osteopathic Association/ Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (AOA/HFAP) for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for 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 April 22, 2013. ADDRESSES: In commenting, please refer to file code CMS–3281–PN. Because of staff and resource limitations, we cannot accept comments by facsimile (FAX) transmission. You may submit comments in one of four ways: 1. Electronically. You may submit electronic comments on specific issues in this regulation to http:// www.regulations.gov . Follow the ‘‘submit a comment’’ instructions. 2. By regular mail. You may mail written comments (one original and two copies) to the following address ONLY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: CMS– 3281–PN, P.O. Box 8016, 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– 3281–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 to the following addresses: E:\FR\FM\22MRN1.SGM 22MRN1 17678 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 56 / Friday, March 22, 2013 / Notices srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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.) Comments mailed to the addresses indicated as appropriate for hand or courier delivery may be delayed and received after the comment period. 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. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cindy Melanson, (410) 786–0310. Patricia Chmielewski, (410) 786–6899. Valarie Lazerowich, (410) 786–4750. 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. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:27 Mar 21, 2013 Jkt 229001 I. Background Under the Medicare program, eligible beneficiaries may receive covered services in a hospital provided certain requirements are met by the hospital. Section 1861(e) of the Social Security Act (the Act), establishes distinct criteria for facilities seeking designation as a hospital. Regulations concerning provider agreements are located at 42 CFR part 489 and those pertaining to activities relating to the survey and certification of facilities are located at 42 CFR part 488. The regulations at 42 CFR part 482, specify the conditions that a hospital must meet to participate in the Medicare program, the scope of covered services, and the conditions for Medicare payment for hospitals. Generally, to enter into an agreement, a hospital must first be certified by a State survey agency as complying with the conditions or requirements set forth in part 482 of our regulations. Thereafter, the hospital is subject to regular surveys by a State survey agency to determine whether it continues to meet these requirements. 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 those provider entities as having met the requirements. Accreditation by an accrediting organization is voluntary and is not required for Medicare participation. If an accrediting organization is recognized by 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 us 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 § 488.4 and § 488.8(d)(3). The regulations at § 488.8(d)(3) require an accrediting organization to reapply for continued approval of its accreditation program every 6 years or as determined by CMS. The American Osteopathic Association/Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (AOA/HFAP’s) current term of approval for its hospital accreditation program expires September 25, 2013. PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 II. Approval of Deeming Organizations Section 1865(a)(2) of the Act and our regulations at § 488.8(a) require that our findings concerning review and approval of a national accrediting 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 AOA/HFAP’s request for continued CMS-approval of its hospital accreditation program. This notice also solicits public comment on whether AOA/HFAP’s requirements meet or exceed the Medicare conditions of participation for hospitals. III. Evaluation of Deeming Authority Request AOA/HFAP submitted all the necessary materials to enable us to make a determination concerning its request for continued approval of its hospital accreditation program. This application was determined to be complete on January 25, 2013. Under section 1865(a)(2) of the Act and our regulations at § 488.8 (Federal review of accrediting organizations), our review and evaluation of AOA/HFAP will be conducted in accordance with, but not necessarily limited to, the following factors: • The equivalency of AOA/HFAP’s standards for hospitals as compared with CMS’ hospital conditions of participation. • AOA/HFAP’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 AOA/ HFAP’s processes to those of state agencies, including survey frequency, and the ability to investigate and respond appropriately to complaints against accredited facilities. E:\FR\FM\22MRN1.SGM 22MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 56 / Friday, March 22, 2013 / Notices ++ AOA/HFAP’s processes and procedures for monitoring a hospital that is out of compliance with AOA/ HFAP’s program requirements. These monitoring procedures are used only when AOA/HFAP identifies noncompliance. If noncompliance is identified through validation reviews or complaint surveys, the state survey agency monitors corrections as specified at § 488.7(d). ++ AOA/HFAP’s capacity to report deficiencies to the surveyed facilities and respond to the facility’s plan of correction in a timely manner. ++ AOA/HFAP’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 AOA/HFAP’s staff and other resources, and its financial viability. ++ AOA/HFAP’s capacity to adequately fund required surveys. ++ AOA/HFAP’s policies with respect to whether surveys are announced or unannounced. ++ AOA/HFAP’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 and recordkeeping requirements. Consequently, it need not be reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget under the authority of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 35). srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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. (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program No. 93.778, Medical Assistance Program; No. 93.773 Medicare—Hospital Insurance Program; and No. 93.774, VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:27 Mar 21, 2013 Jkt 229001 Medicare—Supplementary Medical Insurance Program) Dated: March 5, 2013. Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. [FR Doc. 2013–06640 Filed 3–21–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4120–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health Implementation of the Updated American Veterinary Medical Association Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition SUMMARY: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is providing guidance to Public Health Service (PHS) awardee institutions on implementation of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition (Guidelines). The NIH is seeking input from the public on any concerns they may have regarding the updated Guidelines. 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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

[CMS-3281-PN]


Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Application From the American 
Osteopathic Association/Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program for 
Continued CMS-Approval of Its Hospital Accreditation Program

AGENCY: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS.

ACTION: Proposed notice.

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SUMMARY: This proposed notice with comment period acknowledges the 
receipt of an application from the American Osteopathic Association/
Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (AOA/HFAP) for continued 
recognition as a national accrediting organization for 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 April 22, 2013.

ADDRESSES: In commenting, please refer to file code CMS-3281-PN. 
Because of staff and resource limitations, we cannot accept comments by 
facsimile (FAX) transmission.
    You may submit comments in one of four ways:
    1. Electronically. You may submit electronic comments on specific 
issues in this regulation to http://www.regulations.gov . Follow the 
``submit a comment'' instructions.
    2. By regular mail. You may mail written comments (one original and 
two copies) to the following address ONLY:

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and 
Human Services, Attention: CMS-3281-PN, P.O. Box 8016, 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-3281-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 to the following addresses:


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    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.)
    Comments mailed to the addresses indicated as appropriate for hand 
or courier delivery may be delayed and received after the comment 
period.
    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.
    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Cindy Melanson, (410) 786-0310.
Patricia Chmielewski, (410) 786-6899.
Valarie Lazerowich, (410) 786-4750.

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 hospital provided certain requirements are met by 
the hospital. Section 1861(e) of the Social Security Act (the Act), 
establishes distinct criteria for facilities seeking designation as a 
hospital. Regulations concerning provider agreements are located at 42 
CFR part 489 and those pertaining to activities relating to the survey 
and certification of facilities are located at 42 CFR part 488. The 
regulations at 42 CFR part 482, specify the conditions that a hospital 
must meet to participate in the Medicare program, the scope of covered 
services, and the conditions for Medicare payment for hospitals.
    Generally, to enter into an agreement, a hospital must first be 
certified by a State survey agency as complying with the conditions or 
requirements set forth in part 482 of our regulations. Thereafter, the 
hospital is subject to regular surveys by a State survey agency to 
determine whether it continues to meet these requirements.
    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 those provider entities as having met the 
requirements. Accreditation by an accrediting organization is voluntary 
and is not required for Medicare participation.
    If an accrediting organization is recognized by 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 us 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.  488.4 and Sec.  488.8(d)(3). The regulations at Sec.  488.8(d)(3) 
require an accrediting organization to reapply for continued approval 
of its accreditation program every 6 years or as determined by CMS. The 
American Osteopathic Association/Healthcare Facilities Accreditation 
Program (AOA/HFAP's) current term of approval for its hospital 
accreditation program expires September 25, 2013.

II. Approval of Deeming Organizations

    Section 1865(a)(2) of the Act and our regulations at Sec.  488.8(a) 
require that our findings concerning review and approval of a national 
accrediting 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 AOA/
HFAP's request for continued CMS-approval of its hospital accreditation 
program. This notice also solicits public comment on whether AOA/HFAP's 
requirements meet or exceed the Medicare conditions of participation 
for hospitals.

 III. Evaluation of Deeming Authority Request

    AOA/HFAP submitted all the necessary materials to enable us to make 
a determination concerning its request for continued approval of its 
hospital accreditation program. This application was determined to be 
complete on January 25, 2013. Under section 1865(a)(2) of the Act and 
our regulations at Sec.  488.8 (Federal review of accrediting 
organizations), our review and evaluation of AOA/HFAP will be conducted 
in accordance with, but not necessarily limited to, the following 
factors:
     The equivalency of AOA/HFAP's standards for hospitals as 
compared with CMS' hospital conditions of participation.
     AOA/HFAP'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 AOA/HFAP's processes to those of state 
agencies, including survey frequency, and the ability to investigate 
and respond appropriately to complaints against accredited facilities.

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    ++ AOA/HFAP's processes and procedures for monitoring a hospital 
that is out of compliance with AOA/HFAP's program requirements. These 
monitoring procedures are used only when AOA/HFAP identifies 
noncompliance. If noncompliance is identified through validation 
reviews or complaint surveys, the state survey agency monitors 
corrections as specified at Sec.  488.7(d).
    ++ AOA/HFAP's capacity to report deficiencies to the surveyed 
facilities and respond to the facility's plan of correction in a timely 
manner.
    ++ AOA/HFAP'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 AOA/HFAP's staff and other resources, and its 
financial viability.
    ++ AOA/HFAP's capacity to adequately fund required surveys.
    ++ AOA/HFAP's policies with respect to whether surveys are 
announced or unannounced.
    ++ AOA/HFAP'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 and 
recordkeeping requirements. Consequently, it need not be reviewed by 
the Office of Management and Budget under the authority of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 35).

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.

(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program No. 93.778, Medical 
Assistance Program; No. 93.773 Medicare--Hospital Insurance Program; 
and No. 93.774, Medicare--Supplementary Medical Insurance Program)

    Dated: March 5, 2013.
 Marilyn Tavenner,
 Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
[FR Doc. 2013-06640 Filed 3-21-13; 8:45 am]
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