On July 6, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the final rule for hospital interpretative guidance for infection prevention (IP) and control and antibiotic stewardship programs. This guidance codifies hospital Conditions of Participation (CoP) for infection prevention and control and antibiotic stewardship program requirements. These new requirements were discussed at the last IP Forum on July 18.
WHS offers assistance to hospitals wishing to prepare for IP audits (as well as Clinical Quality, Environment of Care and COVID-19 Vaccination Compliance audits) though pre-survey inspections that are conducted in a “mock” audit format.
For more information, please contact WHS Assistant Director of Quality & Clinical Services Rich Boucher at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-216-2504.