CMS Revised Requirements
Thursday, September 13, 2012 @ 12:00 Noon Eastern
In December 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a clarification of the Interpretative Guidelines (IGs) for hospital equipment maintenance contained in the State Operations Provider Certification manual. While this revision provides more flexibility than the prior IGs (which required all maintenance to be performed as recommended by the manufacturer), it represents a major step backward from existing practice in the majority of American hospitals that have been following the Environment of Care standards issued by the Joint Commission (TJC). Since early 2012, an ad-hoc group of volunteers has been assisting TJC in discussing the challenges with CMS. The progress made thus far, as well as historical background, will be provided to the audience so clinical engineering professionals can know how to reformulate their programs to meet the new requirements.
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