How CMS’ Discharge Changes will Impact Home Health

To improve post-acute care and reduce avoidable hospitalizations, the CMS is proposing revisions to the discharge planning requirements for hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and home health agencies. Under the new rule, providers must develop a discharge plan within 24 hours of a patient’s admission, complete the plan before the patient is discharged or transferred to another facility, and share data with patients on quality measures and resource use. Because home health agencies typically lag behind on discharge planning requirements, they will likely be hardest hit by the CMS requirements. Modern Healthcare sheds more light on the new provisions, providers’ reactions to the rule, and the impact this will have on home health.

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