Among the changes, the recently proposed rule would:
- Reduce burdens on very small critical access hospitals, rural health clinics and federally qualified health centers, by eliminating the requirement that a physician be onsite once every two weeks. This rule change addresses the geographic barriers and remoteness of many rural facilities, while recognizing telemedicine improvements.
- Save hospitals resources by permitting registered dieticians to independently order patient meals without the supervision or approval of a physician or other practitioner.
- Eliminate certain requirements that ambulatory surgical centers must meet to provide radiological services that are an integral part of their surgical procedures, by permitting greater flexibility of physician supervision requirements.
- Permit nuclear medicine technicians in hospitals to prepare radiopharmaceuticals without requiring that a supervising physician or pharmacist by constantly present.
- Eliminate a redundant data submission requirement and an unnecessary survey process for transplant centers.
Comments on the rules are due by April 8, 2013.