New CMS Rule on Hospital Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs Will Impact Hospitals Nationwide

Last month, on September 26, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) passed a new rule titled, “Regulatory Provisions to Promote Program Efficiency, Transparency, and Burden Reduction; Fire Safety Requirements for Certain Dialysis Facilities; Hospital and Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Changes to Promote Innovation, Flexibility, and Improvement in Patient Care”. The rule is effectively three rules combined into one, impacting a variety of areas for U.S. healthcare providers that receive reimbursement from Medicare or Medicaid.