By David Weigel, Bloomberg Staff”The rule would allow hospitals to keep their practices in line with federal guidelines on how to care for patients with chronic conditions,” the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said in a statement.
“If a hospital or nursing home wants to comply with the rule, it would need to follow the rules it is required to follow for all other facilities.”
The rule applies to all hospitals that receive Medicare, Medicaid, or TRICARE, a military health care program that provides coverage to the nation’s troops.
Under the rule changes, hospitals would have to post signs to inform patients of the rule change and provide them with information about the health risks of using certain medications and equipment.
Hospitals would also have to provide an annual audit of their practices to CMS.
The rules would also apply to the care of critically ill patients who were discharged from hospitals but remain hospitalized.
“If the hospital has a chronic condition, like congestive heart failure or diabetes, it should be a high priority to make sure patients get the best care,” CMS Secretary Tom Price said in an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday.
The rule is a “significant win for patients, families, and the taxpayers,” said Dr. Richard E. Brown, president of the American Academy of Neurology, in a news release.
It will provide a clear signal that the hospital’s practices must be in line.
“Under the rules, hospitals must post signs and explain to patients that certain medications are used in their care and that they should not take them, and that patients with a chronic illness should get the care they need at a hospital.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, which is charged with reviewing payments made to hospitals, is set to announce new guidelines later this month.