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Review your antibiotic stewardship program against latest CoP revisions

Medical Environment Update, February 16, 2020

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by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com)

Hospital antibiotic stewardship programs will become a Condition of Participation (CoP) requirement as of March 30, 2020.

While hospitals under The Joint Commission (TJC) and other accrediting organizations (AO) have been working toward antibiotic stewardship programs (ASP) for a few years, the new infection control requirements may have the most impact on critical access hospitals (CAH), according to hospital experts.

As outlined in September 2019 in a final rule CMS termed “the omnibus burden reduction rule,” the overall revisions should be welcomed, says Jean Clark, RHIA, CSHA, an author and longtime consultant on accreditation and regulatory compliance.

The 103-page rule, which also eased some CoPs related to quality assessment and performance improvement (QAPI), fire safety, presurgical patient history and physical examination (H&P) assessments, and emergency planning, can be found online at https://bit.ly/33XFoyb.

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