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Fed Regist. 1997 Dec 19;62(244):66726-63.

Medicare and Medicaid programs; hospital conditions of participation; provider agreements and supplier approval--HCFA. Proposed rule.

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This proposed rule would revise the requirements that hospitals must meet to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The revised requirements focus on patients care and the outcomes of that care, reflect a cross-functional view of patient treatment, encourage flexibility in meeting quality standards, and eliminate unnecessary procedural requirements. These changes are necessary to reflect advances in patient care delivery and quality assessment practices since the requirements were last revised in 1986. They are also an integral part of the Administration's efforts to achieve broad-based improvements in the quality of care furnished through Federal programs and in the measurement of that care, while at the same time reducing procedural burdens on providers. In addition, in an effort to increase the number of organ donations, we are proposing changes in the interaction between hospitals and organ procurement organizations. The proposed rule also would specify that HCFA may terminate the participation agreement of a hospital, skilled nursing facility, home health agency, or other provider if the provider refuses to allow access to its facilities, or examination of its operations or records, by or on behalf of HCFA, as necessary to verify that it is complying with the Medicare law and regulations and the terms of its provider agreement.

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