Accreditation

New rule means restraint and seclusion policy update

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, February 1, 2007

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Hospitals must meet 16 new standards

After reading this article, you will be able to

1. define a physical restraint

2. define seclusion

Hospitals that accept Medicare or Medicaid patients must follow new regulations for patient rights that include 16 new standards for restraint and seclusion.

CMS published the final rules in the Federal Register on December 8, 2006-more than seven years after the interim rules were published in July 1999.

Hospitals will need to rewrite their policies about restraint and seclusion to be consistent with the new requirements.

The new regulations set forth new training requirements and standards about death reporting. The standards do not apply to critical access hospitals.

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