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CMS Delays Publication of Discharge Planning Rule

Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2018 12:51 PM

CMS has announced a one-year extension, until November 3, 2019, to publish the discharge planning final rule for home health agencies. 

In the proposed rule, CMS outlines a discharge planning process for home health providers when patients are discharged to another post-acute care provider. Additionally, CMS would require a lengthy list of information to be provided to a receiving facility or practitioner whenever a patient is discharge from home health services.

NAHC has submitted comments highlighting concerns with the burden the proposed requirements would have on home health providers. They also expressed that CMSfailed to recognize the uniqueness of home health care providers in its proposals for discharge planning.

Based on both public comments received and stakeholder feedback, CMS determined that there are significant policy issues that need to be resolved to address all the issues raised to ensure appropriate coordination with other government agencies. Therefore, CMS is not able to meet the 3-year timeline for publication of the final rule and is instead extending the timeline for publication.

 Source: NAHC Report

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