Corporate Compliance

Other Issuances: CMS issues anesthesia guidance, CLIA memo

Medicare Insider, February 1, 2011

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CMS posts anesthesia memo

On January 14, CMS issued a memorandum to state survey directors to further clarify requirements for anesthesia services. The guidance now specifies that hospitals must establish policies and procedures that address whether specific clinical situations involve anesthesia versus analgesia. In addition, hospitals must also specify the qualifications for each category of practitioner who administers analgesia and their supervision requirements. These policies must be based on nationally recognized guidelines.

Read the CMS memo.

CMS advises on CLIA and blood-related testing

On January 7, CMS issued a memo to state survey directors to provide guidance on the applicability of CLIA regulations to testing associated with blood, cells/tissue, and organs for transfusion, implantation, infusion, or transplantation.

View the CMS memo.



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