Tavenner: CMS will work with hospitals to improve health care delivery
AHA News Now
May 7, 2012
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services shares many of the hospital field's goals for improving the health care delivery system and will work closely with the AHA to accomplish those goals, Acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner today told AHA members at the association's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. "You have my commitment to be flexible, to listen and try to move at a pace that works for you, and I would ask for your commitment to be our partner as well," said Tavenner. After reviewing the AHA's recent comments on the proposed rule for Stage 2 meaningful use, she said "We (CMS) obviously have a lot of work to do around meaningful use next stage." She also outlined 10 priorities for the agency including creating affordable health care exchanges, improving care and reducing costs for dual Medicare and Medicaid enrollees, and reducing health care disparities. In addition, Tavenner said the agency soon will issue a final rule on the Conditions of Participation for hospitals and critical access hospitals.