In November 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Conditions of Participation made significant changes to the transparency bill, discharge planning and hospital improvement rule related to medical staff. More than 2,180 deficiencies were identified by the CMS related to the medical staff section, demonstrating the level of misunderstanding of the rules.
CMS has also recently made several changes to regulatory standards of telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic. These standards, along with 1135 telemedicine waivers, and new tag numbers for critical access hospitals in 2020 and 2021, have impacted how medical staff must document services provided to patients.
The MHA Health Foundation webinar Medical Staff, Telemedicine and Other Changes to CMS Requirements will review many CMS requirements directly related to medical staff and telemedicine requirements.