Due to high COVID-19 rates in nursing homes, CMS says it will increase enforcement for facilities with persistent infection control violations and impose enforcement actions for lower level infection control deficiencies.
CMS Rules for Ambulatory Surgery Centers Used to Expand Hospital Capacity During the COVID-19 Pandemic
CMS has issued new guidance for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) used to increase hospital capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an effort to address the high number of unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions issued annually, CMS now mandates that all hospitals implement antibiotic stewardship programs.
CMS's new "Regulatory Provisions to Promote Program Efficiency, Transparency and Burden Reduction" rule no longer requires ASCs to have a written agreement to transfer patients.