The dietary guidelines for CAHs were completely rewritten by CMS, starting at tag 279. If the CAH furnishes inpatient services, which most do, it must put procedures in place ensuring the nutritional needs of patients are met. A CAH is not required to prepare meals itself and could obtain the meals under contract. Most CAHs find it easier to prepare the meals themselves.
CMS has discharge planning standards in the hospital conditions of participation. These start at tag number 799 and go to tag 843. These were completely rewritten and went into effect July 19, 2013, and went from 24 to 13 standards.