The final surveyor worksheet, used by State and Federal surveyors on all survey activity for assessing hospital compliance with the CMS hospital Conditions of Participation (CoPs) for discharge planning, will be revised in 2017 to reflect the proposed discharged planning guidelines when finalized. Every hospital that accepts Medicare and Medicaid must be in compliance with the CMS hospital 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 and you must learn which ones are required and why.
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, 2,597 hospitals forfeited $528 million in 2017.
The 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 consolidated the prior 24 standards into 13. The CMS proposed changes to discharge planning include 5 things to include in the admission assessment, 5 data things to measure, 5 things that must be in the discharge instruction, changes to the discharge planning evaluation, and 21 things in the transfer form. The CMS memo includes new elements, such as “blue boxes” that contain advisory practices recommended for improving patient outcomes, and a crosswalk between the prior tags and revised tags. Medical reconciliation has been added along with providing written information on side effects of medications.
According to the proposed changes, medical record information such as the discharge summary and discharge instruction sheet will need to be in the hands of the primary care physician (PCP) or other physician within 48 hours of discharge. In addition, the hospital will need to amend the discharge planning evaluation form, which must be done on all inpatients. Is your hospital familiar with the interpretive guidelines and the worksheet information?
Join this session with expert speaker Sue Dill Calloway, RN, MSN, JD, to learn about the final surveyor worksheet for assessing compliance with the CMS hospital Conditions of Participation (CoPs) for discharge planning. This session will discuss what has changed based on the IMPACT Act and the proposed discharge planning standards which are significant. You will learn what other important things CMS has in their final worksheet which addresses preventing hospital readmissions.
Sue will also cover the CMS hospital discharge planning standards. You will learn about what your hospital has to do to be in compliance with the discharge planning standards. CMS has published showing the number of deficiencies that hospitals have already received in the discharge planning standards and this data will be provided.
This session will discuss:
Discharge Planning Worksheet
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Sue Dill Calloway, RN, MSN, JD, is the president of Patient Safety and Healthcare Consulting and Education company with a focus on medical-legal education especially Joint Commission and the CMS hospital CoPs regulatory compliance. She also lectures on legal, risk management and patient safety issues. She was a director for risk management and patient safety for five years for the Doctors Company. She was the...
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