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CMS has published its new hospital condition of participation (CoP) manual. The manual is dated April 1, 2015, and was published on April 8, 2015.
CMS awarded its first star rating system to hospitals based on patients’ appraisals. This is the first time CMS has introduced star ratings for hospitals which is on hospital compare.
CMS has discharge planning standards in the hospital conditions of participation. These start at tag number 799 and go to tag 843. These were completely rewritten and went into effect July 19, 2013, and went from 24 to 13 standards.
Hospitals must ensure staff understands the definition of what constitutes restraint or seclusion. Remember, it’s not the thing that constitutes a restraint, but its effect on the patient.