The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) today released a final regulation to revise the existing Conditions of Participation for hospitals and critical access hospitals. In addition, it released a final rule that addresses more than two dozen regulatory requirements for a broader range of providers, including hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, end-stage renal disease facilities and durable medical equipment suppliers. Administration officials state that the rules aim to promote efficiency and transparency and to reduce health care providers’ overall regulatory burden. It is estimated that these changes will collectively save providers $5 billion over five years.
Included in the regulatory changes is the recognition of a single governing body over multiple hospitals within a health system, the elimination of the current criteria requiring hospitals to maintain an infection control log, relaxing the regulations relating to reporting of patient deaths while in restraints, and regulations pertaining to self-administration of medication by patients.