Thursday, November 5, 2009

CMS Outpatient Supervision Rule Relaxed

Now here's a bit of healthcare reform more of us can agree on. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) last week revised its rule that physicians must be present in the hospital outpatient department during treatments they supervise. New rule: It's okay if the doc's available anywhere on campus. For hospital-based HBOT treatment centers the change will surely reduce costs and improve patient access. But, as we understand it, a supervising physician must still attend treatments at off-campus and freestanding centers. Our customary tip of the hat to Hyperbaric Tech Blog for the sharp reportage.

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