CHA Comments on Value-Based Purchasing Regulations

CHA has submitted comments on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) hospital outpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for calendar year 2012.  CMS has proposed and finalized several provisions for the federal fiscal years 2013 and 2014 hospital value-based purchasing (VBP) program in three separate and overlapping regulatory cycles which began in January of this year. In the comment letter, CHA applauded CMS’ effort to move quickly to get the program up and running in order to meet the aggressive deadlines set forth in the Affordable Care Act. However, CHA believes the fragmented regulatory cycle has led to serious unintended consequences that CHA hopes will be addressed in the final regulation. In addition, going forward, CHA urged CMS to utilize one regulatory cycle from which to make proposed changes to the program on an annual basis. The final comment letter submitted to CMS is posted on CHA’s Regulatory Tracker at Contact: Alyssa Keefe, (202) 488-4688,