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CMS Revising Discharge Planning Requirements

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CMS Revising Discharge Planning Requirements

Question:

Is CMS revising discharge planning requirements?

Answer:

CMS published a proposed rule in the Federal Register on November 03, 2015.  This proposed rule would revise the discharge planning requirements that Hospitals, including Long-Term Care Hospitals and Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities, Critical Access Hospitals, and Home Health Agencies must meet in order to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The proposed rule would also implement the discharge planning requirements of the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014.

CMS is accepting comments on this proposed rule until 5 p.m. on January 4, 2016.

According to CMS, “Although the current hospital discharge planning process meets the needs of many inpatients released from the acute care setting, some discharges result in less-than-optimal outcomes for patients including complications and adverse events that lead to hospital readmissions. Reducing avoidable hospital readmissions and patient complications presents an opportunity for improving the quality and safety of patient care while lowering health care costs.”

See Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Revisions to Requirements for Discharge Planning for Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, and Home Health Agencies for additional information.

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