•CMS-3267-F was published on May 12, 2014 and portions related to CAHs became effective July 11, 2014. Among other provisions, this final rule revised the CAH Conditions of Participation (CoP) requirements related to the responsibilities of doctors of medicine (MDs) and doctors of osteopathy (DOs).
•CMS-1599-F was published August 19, 2013 and became effective October 1, 2013. This final rule revised the CAH CoP requirements related to provision of inpatient acute care services.
SOM Appendix W Updated:
•We are updating the pertinent portions of the CAH interpretive guidelines, found in SOM Appendix W, to reflect these rule changes.
•In addition, we are taking this opportunity to update the guidance for the portions of 42 CFR 485.635 addressing the following topics, in order to bring them into alignment with current accepted standards of practice: pharmacy services; infection prevention and control; dietary services; services under arrangement; nursing services; and rehabilitation services.