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.
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.
Researchers recently measured physician knowledge about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and found that doctors lack specific understanding of the issues and barriers patients encounter. Because of these knowledge gaps, physicians may fail to comply with the ADA and contribute to persisting inequities in care.