Sounds like a misguided decisions to me, as you have obviously seen that it's not working well. Have these points been brought up? Has there been an explanation of the reasons/thinking on these issues? Hopefully, there is something we are not getting here that would explain the decision and will make it work better in the future, but that is highly doubtful.
Unfortunately, many misguided decisions are made and implemented. The front line workers often have to struggle with the attempts to implement those decisions and then later when the decisions is reversed, they get the "joy" of trying to undo the harm associated with the decision.
The best advice I can give, is to try to go with the flow, and collect whatever data is necessary to prove this decision is not beneficial to the patients or the bottom line. Armed with that, and a better plan, you and your colleagues might be able to reverse the decision at the right time.