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All of you are familiar with some of the regulatory requirements that affect your practice, as identified by their acronyms and initials: HIPAA, CMS, CoPs,PQRS, SCIP, ACO, HCAHPS. For hospital-based practices, there are now two additional “ingredients” in our regulatory alphabet soup that will require your attention: OPPE and FPPE.
Historically, hospital medical staff appointments and reappointments have been primarily a subjective process, where the clinical chief signed off on credential/privilege requests, perceived competencies and specific skills.
The Joint Commission and other accrediting bodies and payers have established more stringent guidelines for the ongoing evaluation of medical staff members. The Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation (OPPE) and Focused Professional Practice Evaluation (FPPE) are now becoming part of every hospitalbased anesthesia practice’s routine. These evaluations are expected to occur on a regular basis and serve as the key component to the hospital reappointment process.
In adopting the Accreditation Council for...
On August 22, 2011, as a result of a directive from President Obama, the US Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued its Plan for Retrospective Review of Existing Rules (“Plan”). The Plan includes a review from all HHS operating and staff divisions (e.g., the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”)) that establish, administer and/or enforce regulation. HHS’ Plan aims to review “existing significant regulations to identify those rules that can be eliminated as obsolete, unnecessary, burdensome, or counterproductive or that can be modified to be more effective, efficient, flexible, and streamlined.” While, on its face, a review of unnecessary regulations appears to be beneficial, looking below the surface reveals that the review may create fundamental changes in medical and anesthesia practice. CMS is contemplating reviewing the conditions of participation (“CoPs”) for anesthesia services (42 CFR 482.52) to eliminate the certified registered nurse anesthetist (“CRNA”) supervision requirement, which could...