CHA News Article

CDPH Releases AFL Rescinding Procedural Sedation Policies

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued the attached All Facilities Letter (AFL), rescinding previous guidance on procedural sedation policies and procedures as outlined in AFL 13-17. CDPH advises facilities to refer to the federal regulations and the respective interpretive guidelines provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for guidance on sedation requirements. Hospitals should review their current sedation policies to ensure compliance with the CMS conditions of participation, especially with regard to the delivery and monitoring of analgesia, conscious, moderate and deep sedation by non-anesthesiologists.