Revised CMS Interpretative Guidelines on Hold

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Representatives from the AST’s Transplant Administrators Community of Practice joined President-elect Anil Chandraker and representatives from ASTS on a recent call with Mr. Thomas Hamilton, Director of the Survey and Certification Group at CMS. Both societies shared their concerns regarding revised CMS Interpretive Guidelines for the Organ Transplant Conditions of Participation for Transplant Centers.

On the call, Mr. Hamilton indicated that CMS will be revising, clarifying, and in some cases correcting the Guidelines based upon letters from both AST and ASTS as well as discussion on this call. Please review the CMS memo that now indicates that the revised Interpretive Guidelines are considered a draft document at this time. 

You may review the AST’s original letter of concern to Mr. Hamilton. AST representatives will continue this dialogue with CMS, providing additional feedback as appropriate.