Corporate Compliance

CMS proposes changes to take pressure off hospitals, practitioners

Compliance Monitor, March 30, 2005

CMS last week announced a proposed rule designed to alleviate hospitals of some burdensome regulations and allow physicians and nurses to focus more time and energy on patient care, the agency announced March 24.

The proposed rule would revise requirements in the hospital conditions of participation (CoP) for completion of history and physical (H&P) examinations, authentication of verbal orders, securing medications and completion of post-anesthesia evaluations, according to a press release.

"Based on extensive input from health professionals and the healthcare community, we are proposing to revise some specific aspects of our regulations to provide better support of the delivery of high-quality, up-to-date care at a lower cost," said CMS Administrator Mark B. McClellan, MD, PhD.

According to the press release, further changes to the hospital CoPs are coming. Click here to read the press release about the proposed rule, which includes summaries of each revised requirement.

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