The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a final rule on hospital discharge planning that requires hospitals to inform patients about their choices related to post-acute care providers — hospice, home health care, skilled nursing facilities etc — including those organizations’ performance on quality and resource-use measures. (The scheduled publication date of this rule is September 30 2019).
Modern Healthcare writes this discharge planning rule requires hospitals and critical access hospitals to evaluate patients that are likely to experience adverse health consequences and create a discharge plan if necessary. They must also assess patients for discharge planning if a patient, their representative or physician requests it. Hospitals, critical access hospitals and home health agencies will need to provide specific medical information when they transfer patients to another facility. The rule change aims to give patients more information about post-acute providers, such as quality measures so that they can make informed choices about their care transitions. Providers will have to consider patient health objectives and care preferences during the discharge planning process to make sure patients get the care they want. Hospitals will also need to give patients electronic access to their health records.
- Federal Register: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Revisions to Requirements for Discharge Planning for Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, and Home Health Agencies, and Hospital and Critical Access Hospital Changes to Promote Innovation, Flexibility, and Improvement in Patient Care
- Modern Healthcare: https://www.modernhealthcare.com/operations/new-cms-rules-cut-red-tape-mandate-discharge-planning