In an effort to directly involve patients in their care, CMS proposed a new rule late last week that would change discharge planning requirements for acute hospitals and settings across the post-acute continuum. CMS’ focus was in driving consumer-centered healthcare in alignment with the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act).

Medicare says its goal is to empower consumers to express their preferences and have greater participation in developing discharge plans. According to Long-Term Living Magazine, the proposed rule includes requirements for medication reconciliation/management, the provision of discharge instructions, post-discharge follow-up and transfer of medical information if the patient is sent to another care setting.

For more details, read the entire proposed rule from CMS here.

By Kindred Rehabilitation Services