The CMS announced today that it is a proposing a rule that would expand the number of permissible practitioners who can perform history and physical examinations; revise requirements for authenticating verbal orders; require medications to be kept in a locked or secure area; and allow any individual qualified to administer anesthesia to conduct post-anesthesia evaluations for inpatients. According to the proposed rule, a five-year transition period for implementing the verbal-order change would give hospitals time to adopt healthcare information technology to enable prescribing practitioners to authenticate their own orders in a timely fashion. According to the CMS, input from health professionals was used to build the proposal, which is the first in a series of expected changes to be proposed to update the agency's conditions of participation. View the entire proposed rule. -- by Ralph Loos
CMS announces first in series of rule proposals
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