CHA News Article

CMS Releases Revised Hospital Guidance for Pharmaceutical Services
Also expands guidance on compounding medication

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated the State Operations Manual, Appendix A, interpretive guidelines for the pharmaceutical services Conditions of Participation. The revised guidance addresses compounding of medications, particularly compounded sterile preparations (CSP); determining beyond-use dates; safe and appropriate storage and use of medications; and policies and procedures related to high-alert medications and minimizing drug errors. Guidance has also been updated on nursing service requirements to clarify acceptable standards of practice when CSPs are prepared outside of the pharmacy. CHA’s Medication Safety Committee is reviewing the document relative to proposed state regulations due to be finalized early 2016.