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October 24, 2019

CMS Releases Final Rule on Discharge Planning for Hospitals

On September 30, CMS published revisions to discharge planning requirements for hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, critical access hospitals, and home health agencies participating in Medicare and Medicaid.  The new rule becomes effective on November 29.  The rule sets forth when discharge planning should begin, and what must be considered in discharge planning. Any discharge plan must be developed by or under the supervision of a registered nurse, social worker, or other appropriately qualified personnel. In addition, the rule specifies information and material that must be provided to the patient at the time of discharge and requires patient access to medical information.