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By Jill Drachenberg, Editor, Relias Media
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS) last week announced final rules to reduce regulatory burdens in healthcare, as part of its Patients Over Paperwork initiative.
The Omnibus Burden Reduction Final Rule removes some of the paperwork and regulatory headaches that can plague hospitals and health systems — particularly small or rural systems. Removing more burdensome requirements will allow hospitals to devote more time and resources to providing quality care and better patient outcomes, according to CMS.
The final rule includes changes to emergency preparedness regulations, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), and other areas, including:
CMS also released its final rule for Revisions to Discharge Planning Requirements. The rule requires hospitals to create discharge plans for those patients for whom they deem necessary, and for patients and families who request one. Hospitals must also provide patients information on post-acute care providers, including performance data such as pressure ulcers, falls, readmissions rates, and other quality indicators. Most hospitals already are fulfilling most of these discharge planning requirements, CMS noted.
More information on these and other CMS final rules will be available in the November issue (and other upcoming issues) of Hospital Case Management.