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CHA Issues Summary of CMS Co-Location Guidance

For CEOs, CFOs, post-acute care executives, compliance and legal counsel, and reimbursement, licensing & certification, and government relations staff

CHA has issued an executive summary of the final guidance on hospital co-location with other hospitals or health care facilities released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). 

Specifically, QSO-19-13-Hospital, titled Guidance for Hospital Co-location with Other Hospitals or Healthcare Facilities, provides guidance to CMS and state agency surveyors on how to evaluate a hospital’s space sharing or contracted staff and service arrangements with another hospital or health care entity when assessing the hospital’s compliance with the Conditions of Participation. 

The summary provides a high-level overview of the guidance’s key provisions including space, contracted services, staffing, emergency services, survey procedures, and identification of deficiencies. CHA urges members to review the guidance with their compliance and legal departments.