By Blair Childs, Premier Inc., Senior Vice President of Public Affairs
Members of the Premier healthcare alliance commend CMS for its proposed approach to change the hospital readmissions reduction program (HRRP), which will account for the socio-economic status of patients served by the hospital. This is an important change that hospitals have long sought, and we appreciate the range of proposed policy alternatives for calculating ranges of dual-eligible patients, assigning hospitals to peer groups and computing payment adjustments.
We also strongly support CMS’s call for comments on ways the agency can improve and streamline its policies. Today, there are a range of contradictory programs, conflicting incentives and other regulatory hurdles that hamstring providers from delivering quality, innovative care. We are hopeful that CMS takes meaningful steps to streamline and simplify the heavy regulatory burden hospitals face.
-By Blair Childs, Premier Inc., Senior Vice President of Public Affairs