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Hospital groups urge CMS to withdraw medical staff proposal

April 9, 2013

The AHA and four other national hospital organizations yesterday urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services to withdraw a proposal that would prevent hospitals in some multi-hospital systems from having an integrated, unified medical staff. The proposal was included in a recent proposed rule aimed at reducing regulatory burden. “This provision would remove the ability of hospital systems and their medical staffs to make their own determinations about the optimal medical staff framework and would prohibit medical staffs in some multi-hospital systems from having an integrated, unified organization across two or more hospitals,” the groups wrote. “CMS should enable hospital systems and their affiliated medical staffs to decide, together, what medical staff structure works best for their patients.”