Fierce Healthcare November 18, 2021
Dave Muoio

The American Hospital Association (AHA) applauded a revised final guidance (PDF) issued last week by the Biden administration for its removal of requirements that would have limited the flexibility of hospitals’ co-location arrangements,

But the hospital group was mixed on whether the agency offered enough clarity to organizations hoping to stay in compliance.

However, while the industry group commended the agency for addressing comments on the preceding 2019 draft guidance (PDF), lawyers warned that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has introduced ambiguity regarding compliance and how surveyors may apply the requirements.

“The final guidance will come as a relief to many hospitals, while simultaneously creating frustration and confusion,” Emily Cook, Sandra DiVarco and Caroline Reigart, healthcare lawyers with...

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