CHA News Article

CMS Finalizes Regulatory Reforms to Reduce Burden on Hospitals

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized its rule, proposed early last year, intended to reduce regulatory burdens on hospitals and other health care providers. As advocated by CHA, CMS revised its proposal that each hospital have its own medical staff, instead allowing for a unified and integrated medical staff shared by multiple separately certified hospitals within a hospital system. CMS also rescinded a proposal to require hospital governing boards to include a member of the medical staff, and replaced it with a requirement to periodically consult with the individual assigned the responsibility for the organization and conduct of the hospital’s medical staff, or his or her designee.

The final rule also includes an important change for critical access hospitals, rural health clinics and federally qualified health centers, eliminating the requirement that a physician be held to a prescriptive onsite schedule. Among other changes, CMS finalized relaxed supervision requirements for dieticians and nuclear medicine technicians, and eliminated duplicative data submission requirements for transplant centers. CMS estimates the changes will save providers $660 million per year. CHA will provide members with a summary of the attached final rule in the coming weeks.