EditorialShoe Covers but Not Burnout? Making Burnout Reduction a Criteria for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Funding Would Protect PatientsWolpaw, Jed T. MD, MEd∗; Adair, Kathryn C. PhD†Author Information From the ∗Johns Hopkins Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland †The Duke Center for Healthcare Safety and Quality, Duke University Health System, Durham, NC. Correspondence: Jed T. Wolpaw MD, MEd, Johns Hopkins Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, 1800 Orleans St, Zayed 6222, Baltimore, MD, 21287 (e-mail: [email protected]). The authors disclose no conflict of interest. ORCID ID: 0000-0002-7738-9291. ORCID ID: 0000-0003-4886-0002. Journal of Patient Safety: January 2021 - Volume 17 - Issue 1 - p 68-70 doi: 10.1097/PTS.0000000000000681 Buy Metrics Abstract In the United States, hospitals must meet eligibility criteria to receive federal funding. Regulatory bodies, such as the Joint Commission, are approved by the government to give, or withhold, accreditation to hospitals. This accreditation is a requisite to continue receiving funding. Hospitals are frequently cited for items such as inadequate wearing of boot covers or covering of facial hair in the operating rooms. There are very little, if any, data to support an improvement in patient safety when these items are complied with. There is, however, a large amount of data showing the negative consequences for patient safety when providers are burned out. We therefore propose that regulatory agencies such as the Joint Commission require that hospital systems measure burnout and reduce concerning levels of burnout in their employees to continue receiving certification. We briefly review evidence-based methods that hospital systems might consider to accomplish this goal. Copyright © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.