CMS Publishes Discharge Planning Final Rule
CMS released a final rule that gives patients the ability to make informed decisions about their care received in a post-acute care environment. The rule requires the discharge planning process to focus on the patient’s goals of care and treatment preferences. The rule also “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 rule was published in the Federal Register on Sept. 27, 2019, and went into effect on Nov. 26, 2019. The CoPs were updated on Feb. 21, 2020; however, the detail of the Interpretive Guidance still is pending publication.
MHA published an issue brief with additional details.