CMS Addresses Ligature Risk in Hospitals

Published: 07/18/2023

  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Relevant To:
  • Critical Access Hospitals,
  • Hospitals

In a new memorandum to state agencies, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is reinforcing that patients in Medicare-certified hospitals have a right, by regulation, to receive care in a safe setting. Under the Medicare Hospital Conditions of Participation at §482.13(c)(2) Medicare-certified hospitals have a regulatory obligation to care for patients in a safe setting. According to CMS, hospitals can demonstrate compliance with this standard through appropriate patient assessment

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