Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Reform of Hospital and Critical Access Hospital Conditions of Participation
GAO-12-773R, May 31, 2012
GAO reviewed the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) new rule on Medicare and Medicaid programs and the reform of hospital and critical access hospital conditions of participation. GAO found that (1) the final rule revises the requirements that hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must meet to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. CMS describes these changes as an integral part of efforts to reduce procedural burdens on providers; (2) CMS complied with applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.