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CMS Medical Staffing Rule Leaves Questions Unanswered

Law360, New York (August 11, 2014, 11:11 AM EDT) -- On May 12, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published in the Federal Register the final rule to the Medicare Conditions of Participation ("CoPs"), including CoPs for Medical Staffs and the Governing Board. The Medical Staff revisions were to clarify the May 16, 2012, final rule (77 FR 29061) which revised 42 CFR Section 482.22. Two of the three subjects covered by the final rule, medical staff composition and governing body, are fairly straightforward. Therefore, this article will concentrate on the ambiguity relating to how medical staffs in a multihospital system may either opt in or opt out of...

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