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CMS' proposed rule for hospitals: Reduce antibiotic use or exit Medicare

from Becker's ASC Review

The CMS released a proposed rule change to its Conditions of Participation which would, among other changes, require hospitals to implement antibiotic stewardship programs in order to participate in Medicare and Medicaid. "We believe that benefits of the proposed revisions would include; reduced incidence of hospital-acquired conditions, including reduced incidence of healthcare-associated infections; reduced inappropriate antibiotic use; and strengthened patient protections overall," the rule change reads. more

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