The sewering ban, one of the more stringent changes outlined in EPA's rule, is the only part of the rule that takes effect at all healthcare facilities nationwide.
The federal agency backed off on many of its ire-inducing proposals that would have drastically reshaped how it pays for and assesses the accuracy of E/M services.
The facility allegedly failed to respond adequately to a number of incidents that resulted in serious injury to workers during the past two years.
Small practices could add points to their total performance scores in the merit-based incentive payment system and may qualify for an exemption from EHR requirements.
The final codes include 322 more changes than what was proposed by CMS in April's hospital IPPS rule.