CMS proposes changes to CoPs to "cut red tape"

Accreditation Connection, October 21, 2011

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced proposed changes to the Conditions of Participation (CoPs) which are intended to save approximately $900 billion annually by removing, as CMS stated in its official press release, removing "unnecessary regulations," MedPageToday reports.

These proposed changes, should they be approved, would be the first major changes to the CoPs in over 20 years. The proposed changes include changes to the care planning process, allowing for interdisciplinary teams to work together to create a single plan of care for each patient (instead of separate plans of care for nursing, pharmacy, and physicians); as well as a change targeting hospital systems which would allow such systems to use a single governing board across all hospitals in the system rather than requiring a governing board for each hospital.

Other changes include alterations to authentication of verbal orders; reporting patient deaths involving soft, two-point restraints; and expanding the concept of "medical staff" to all practitioners who are granted hospital privileges.

The proposed rule can be found online here. It will be open for comment for 60 days.

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