The final rules for Discharge Planning arrived after a three-year wait! The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have recently added more “teeth” to the discharge planning process as it is outlined in the Conditions of Participation (CoP) for Discharge Planning. Discharge planning is no longer a destination but a process that starts before the patient is admitted to the hospital and continues after they are discharged. CMS has added rules that will provide a more inclusive role for patients and families. The rules also alter how we provide “choice” to our patients
The CoP is the legal and regulatory requirement that hospitals and case management professionals must follow to be compliant in their role as discharge planners. Surveyors are now reviewing your department’s compliance with the Conditions of Participation for discharge planning. It is important that all case management professionals, including both nurses and social workers, are familiar with the changes to the Conditions of Participation for Discharge. We will begin with a review of the prior rules and from there we will discuss the most recent changes in the Medicare program and how they will impact the roles of the RN case manager and the social worker. Learn how to be sure that your processes address the complexities of the new healthcare environment and that your role as a case manager or social worker is designed and staffed to meet the changes ahead and are in compliance with the federal requirements as well!
Join us in reviewing the prior rules still in effect and the new rules legislated in 2023.
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