Proposed CMS rule on infection control and inappropriate antibiotic use
Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed new standards to advance healthcare quality and equity in our nation’s hospitals. In a proposed rule open for public comment, CMS recommends strengthening Conditions of Participation (CoPs) related to infection prevention and antibiotic prescribing in U.S. hospitals and critical-access hospitals (CAHs).
The rule includes provisions for preventing healthcare-associated infections, stopping spread of antibiotic-resistant germs and reducing inappropriate antibiotic prescribing. Hospitals and CAHs would be required to have and demonstrate adherence to facility-wide infection prevention and control programs, as well as antibiotic stewardship programs.
The proposed rule builds on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) quality initiatives, including the National Quality Strategy, the Centers for Disease Control’s Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative and the Partnership for Patients.
In addition, this rule would contribute to the accomplishment of Goal 1 in the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic Resistance, which includes activities to foster antibiotic stewardship by improving prescribing practices across all healthcare settings and preventing the spread of drug-resistant threats in healthcare facilities and communities. The proposed changes will lead to strengthened antibiotic stewardship across healthcare settings by expanding existing programs, developing new ones, and monitoring progress and efficacy.
CMS will accept comments until August 15, 2016. Submit comments electronically through the e-Regulation website at: https://www.cms.gov/
Regulations-and-Guidance/ Regulations-and-Policies/ eRulemaking/index.html? redirect=/eRulemaking.