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CMS Proposes New Discharge Planning Requirements for Hospitals

Posted on 10/29/2015 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a proposed rule this morning that would require all hospitals and home health agencies to develop a written discharge plan for every inpatient and specific categories of outpatients within 24 hours of admission. This is the first step in the implementation of the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act which NTOCC supported in 2014.

As part of the written discharge plan, patients will be able to play a role in deciding where their next site of care will be.  CMS is also proposing that medication reconciliation instructions be part of the discharge plan. NTOCC is pleased to see its essential elements in the proposed rule and looks forward to working CMS to ensure they remain part of the final rule. 

NTOCC will continue to review the request and will draft a response for the proposed rule during the upcoming 60 day comment period. Please stay tuned for more information.  Please contact us if you have any questions.