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General Supervision Changes Proposed

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed reducing the supervision level for 15 outpatient services from direct to general supervision. These services include certain vaccine administrations, blood collection, bladder catheter insertion and intravenous hydration services. If finalized, the CMS recommendation would allow these services to be performed under the overall direction of a physician or non-physician practitioner without requiring their presence. In addition, there would be a reduction in the supervision level for 13 other outpatient therapeutic services, including hospital observation, IV drug infusions, drug injections and bladder irrigation services.

For further details, visit http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/FACA/Downloads/Prelim-Supervision-Decisions092412.pdf

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