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CMS’ Discharge Planning Rule Supports Interoperability and Patient Preferences

Posted on Monday, October 7, 2019 12:44 AM

Last week, CMS issued a final rule empowering patients to make decisions about their care when being discharged from acute care to post-acute care (PAC) which they have named “discharge planning”.  In addition to improving quality by improving these care transitions, the new supports CMS’ interoperability efforts by promoting the seamless exchange of patient information between health care settings and ensuring that a patient’s health care information follows them after discharge from a hospital or PAC provider.

“The final rule revises hospital discharge planning requirements for long-term care hospitals (LTCHs) and inpatient rehabilitation facilities, inpatient psychiatric facilities, children’s hospitals, cancer hospitals, (IRFs), critical access hospitals (CAHs), and home health agencies (HHAs). Each of these facilities must meet these requires as a condition to participate in Medicare and Medicaid programs.  Among other things, it requires the discharge planning process to focus on the patient’s goals of care and treatment preferences.  Additionally, the final rule revises the hospital patient’s rights and the facility’s requirements regarding a patient’s access to their medical records.”

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