HHS releases guidelines to help hospitals with patient safety, security

Updated Aug. 20, 2018 10:16:07 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released guidelines Wednesday to help U.S. hospitals address patient safety and security after an investigation revealed that some patients may have been misdiagnosed and mismanaged by their doctors and health plans.

The rules, which were issued in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services, will apply to hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities that provide services to people with chronic conditions such as diabetes and cancer.

The guidelines are intended to prevent patients from being left behind in the process of getting care and to ensure that facilities are properly prepared for the changing times.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that people who are not medically insured may be at higher risk of contracting infectious diseases, especially if they do not have insurance.