CHA News Article

CMS Proposed Rule Updates CoPs on Infection Prevention, Antibiotic Stewardship

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the attached proposed rule revising the Conditions of Participation for hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs). The proposed rule, if finalized, would require hospital-wide infection prevention and control programs for the surveillance, prevention and control of health care-associated infections and other infectious diseases, as well as antibiotic stewardship programs to emphasize the appropriate use of antibiotics. CMS also proposes to require hospitals and CAHs to designate leaders for each program, and to establish and implement a policy prohibiting discrimination. CHA is reviewing the proposed rule and will provide members with additional details in the coming weeks. Comments on the proposed rule are due Aug. 15. More information is available in a CMS fact sheet