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Providers push back against conflict of interest concerns for Joint Commission, other accreditors
Modern Healthcare

Most provider stakeholders oppose the CMS banning accreditors like the Joint Commission from providing consultancy services, arguing the firewalls currently in place to prevent conflict of interest work.

The CMS in late December issued a request for information asking for feedback from the public and stakeholders if they perceive a conflict of interest when accrediting organizations sell consulting services to providers they also accredit. The CMS received 127 comments, many of which are from those who work in healthcare. Agency officials didn’t immediately respond to a request regarding what they plan to do now that the comment period has closed.