Hospitals Ask CMS To Loosen Doctor Supervision Rules

Law360, New York (October 23, 2012, 6:52 PM EDT) -- The American Hospital Association on Monday urged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to rethink a decision not to loosen physician supervision requirements for 13 outpatient services, arguing those services could be safely performed by skilled nurses.

In September, CMS announced its preliminary decision on changing the supervision requirements for 28 services. The agency said it planned to lower the requirement from direct to general supervision for 15 of those services, such as administering flu and Hepatitis B vaccines and clipping toenails. 

But the agency...
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