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CMS Issues Final Rule Revising Medicare Conditions of Participation to Reduce Burden

For compliance, emergency preparedness, and quality staff

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a final rule revising the Medicare Conditions of Participation (CoPs) and Conditions of Coverage for hospitals, home health providers, transplant centers, ambulatory surgical centers, and other providers and facilities. Among the revised CoPs are requirements for hospital emergency preparedness, as well as infection prevention and control and antibiotic stewardship programs.

The final rule – which is intended to remove regulations identified by CMS as unnecessary, obsolete, or excessively burdensome – finalizes provisions of the following three distinct proposed rules:

CHA is reviewing the final rule and will provide members with a detailed summary in the coming weeks. More information is available in CMS’ fact sheet.