June 17, 2008 | | Comments 0
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Update: Joint Commission to lose "unique" deeming authority?

Hello, everyone. I just wanted to update you on the developing story in last week’s post. Senator Max Baucus’ (D-MT), chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, bill containing language to revoke the unique deeming authority status held by The Joint Commission failed to find support on the Senate floor. Meanwhile, a competing Medicare reform bill, introduced by Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA), has been introduced, containing similar language regarding The Joint Commission’s deeming authority.

Senator Grassley’s proposed Medicare reform package can be found here. A summary of Senator Baucus’ proposed legislation can be found here.

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About the Author: Matt Phillion is the director of the Association for Healthcare Accreditation Professionals and a Senior Managing Editor at HCPro, Inc., where he is the editor of the monthly publication Briefings on The Joint Commission.

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