FY 2017 Report to Congress (RTC): Review of Medicare’s Program Oversight of Accrediting Organizations (AOs) and the Clinical
Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) Validation Program
Annual Report to Congress: The 2017 annual RTC details the review, validation, and oversight of AOs FY 2016 Medicare accreditation
programs and the CLIA Validation Program.
• Section 1875(b) of the Social Security Act (the Act) requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to submit
an annual report to Congress on its oversight of national AOs and their CMS-approved accreditation programs.
• Section 353(e)(3) of the Public Health Service Act (PHSA) requires CMS to submit an annual report of the CLIA validation
Additional AO Oversight Initiatives:
• To increase transparency for consumers, CMS will post new information on the CMS.Gov website, including the latest quality
of care deficiency findings following complaint surveys at facilities accredited by AOs, a list of providers determined by
CMS to be currently out of compliance that also references the provider’s AO, and overall performance data for the AOs themselves.
• CMS is also testing a more streamlined, effective way to assess AOs’ ability to ensure that facilities and suppliers comply
with CMS requirements.