The CMS Conditions of Participation and Interpretive Guideline, 2019

Accreditation Insider, March 12, 2019

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Compliance with the Conditions of Participation (CoP) is required to meet Medicare and Medicaid hospital regulations. While CMS posts updates to the CoPs on its website, they are often difficult to search and lengthy, not to mention tedious to print.

This is where HCPro comes in! We have taken the most recent version of CMS’ CoPs and the corresponding Interpretive Guidelines (IG) and reprinted them in an easy-to-use format to simplify your job.

  • Provides an easy-to-read hard-copy reference of CoPs and IGs, which are difficult to find online and lengthy and tedious to print
  • Includes the most recent CoP IGs from CMS
  • Includes the most recent EMTALA IGs
  • Includes CMS survey protocol

CMS updates the CoPs a few times a year. This new edition will contain the most recent CoPs and Survey and Certification memos, which include new requirements on ligature risk, texting patient information, and door-closing devices.

Table of Contents


  • CMS surveyors agree to use Joint Commission recommendations on ligature risk as guide
  • Congress wants answers from CMS, AOs on hospital patient safety
  • CMS and Joint Commission clarify door-closing device standards
  • CMS defines ligature risk in new memo
  • CMS clarifies rules on texting patient info
  • CMS updates State Operations Manual for first time since 2015
  • How to Track Updates

Appendix A

  • Appendix A Survey Protocol
  • Appendix A Regulations and Interpretive Guidelines 

Available as a download:

  • CMS memos
  • Appendix V (EMTALA)
  • Appendix V Part I: Investigative Procedures
  • Appendix V Part II: Interpretive Guidelines

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