CMS finalizes revised Infection Control and Antibiotic Stewardship CoP

2019-10-22 |

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the final rule that combines proposed revisions to Medicare hospital and critical access hospital Conditions of Participation (CoPs), the proposed 2018 regulatory burden reduction rule, and revisions to the 2017 Emergency Preparedness final rule. The new rule:

  • Requires facilities to have a hospital-wide antibiotic stewardship program.
  • Requires facilities to have an infection prevention and control program (IPCP) under the direction of an infection preventionist.
  • Requires IP to be qualified through education, training, experience, or certification.
  • Requires ICPC to be addressed in collaboration with the hospital-wide quality assessment and performance improvement (QAPI) program.
  • Allows hospitals that are part of a multi-hospital system to develop unified and integrated system-wide IPCP and antibiotic stewardship programs.
  • Allows facilities to conduct training and testing of their emergency preparedness plan every two years instead of every year.