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This program will discuss the final surveyor worksheet for assessing compliance with the CMS hospital Conditions of Participation (CoPs) for discharge planning. This worksheet is used by State and Federal surveyors on all survey activity in hospitals assessing compliance with the discharge planning standards.
The discharge planning worksheet states that medical record information, such as a discharge summary, should be dictated and in the hands of the primary care physician or other physician before the first post hospital visit. The proposed changes will require that this be done within 48 hours of discharge. Is your hospital familiar with the interpretive guidelines and the worksheet information? Come learn what other important things CMS has in their final worksheet which addresses preventing hospital readmissions.
This program will also cover the CMS hospital discharge planning standards. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rewrote all of the interpretive guidelines on the hospital discharge planning standards in July 19, 2013 to match what is in the current worksheet. The memo was 39 pages long and the prior 24 standards were consolidated into 13.
Come join this important webinar to learn about what your hospital has to do to be in compliance with the discharge planning standards. CMS has published data showing the number of deficiencies that hospitals have already received in the discharge planning standards and this data will be provided.
CMS has included something new in the memo known as “blue boxes.” The blue boxes contain advisory practices which are recommendation to improve patient outcomes. Blue box recommendations are not required for hospital compliance. A crosswalk will be included between the prior tags and the revised tags.
Discharge planning is not only important to ensure compliance with the CMS standards but also for reimbursement. Optimal discharge planning can help prevent unnecessary readmissions. Hospitals that have a higher readmission rate can be financially penalized. In fact, 2,573 hospitals forfeited $564 million in 2018.
Every hospital that accepts Medicare and Medicaid must be in compliance with the CMS discharge planning guidelines. These standards must be followed for all patients and not just Medicare or Medicaid. CMS requires a number of discharge planning policies and procedures so come learn which ones are required and why.
1. Discuss the CMS has published a worksheet on discharge planning
2. Recall that CMS has discharge planning standards that every hospital must follow
3. Discuss when information about the discharge must be provided to the primary care physician who will be following up the patient after discharge.
Discharge planners, transitional care nurses, social workers, chief nursing officers, compliance officers, chief operation officers, chief executive officers, chief medical officers, physicians, all nurses with direct patient care, risk managers, social workers, regulatory officers, physician advisors, UR nurses, compliance officers, The Joint Commission coordinator, nurse educators, staff nurses, nurse managers, PI directors, health information directors, billing office directors, patient safety officers, and anyone else involved with the discharge planning. Any person serving on a hospital committee to redesign the discharge process to prevent unnecessary readmissions should also attend.
|- CMS Deficiency Memo||- Blue box or advisory box|
|- Discharge planning||- 48 hour rule|
|- Patient transfers||- Self care assessment|
|- Screening vs evaluation||And that's just the beginning!|
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