FAQ: What is a CMS Systems Improvement Agreement?

FAQ: What is a CMS Systems Improvement Agreement?

The Systems Improvement Agreement between the hospital/healthcare organization and CMS binds the organization to engage in a series of improvement activities to address multiple deficiencies in compliance with the CoPs with the assistance of a third-party monitor/consultant approved in advance by the CMS Regional Office. The agreement grants the organization additional time to make sustainable improvements in complex quality, cultural, policy, and procedural deficiencies.

Anesthesia Department Performance Improvement

Anesthesia Department Performance Improvement

An urban medical center in the Midwest was experiencing turmoil in its Anesthesia department. The organization was employing too many anesthesiologists, and as a result, individual productivity among this group of physicians was low. In addition, strained relationships between anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) were making it difficult for the medical center to recruit needed additional CRNAs…