Tag: discharge

CMS finalizes discharge rule and clarifies points about aide competency testing

The long-awaited final discharge planning rule, released today, appears to offer some good news for home health agencies. And simultaneously CMS clarifies in a separate rule that pseudo-patients are OK to be used for home health aide competency testing, an issue there has been a lot of questions about. CMS states in the rule that […]

“Novel solutions needed” for how clinicians select patients for SNFs, according to investigation

Hospital clinicians’ evaluation and decision-making regarding which patients are discharged to a skilled nursing facility (SNF) “may be characterized as rushed, without a clear system or framework,” according to a clinical investigation published by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Due to increased accountability placed on both settings for the outcomes of individuals who […]

Study finds discharge recommendations not followed

A recent study, published in the Journal of Aging Research, shows that almost 25% of recommendations made by the hospital discharge team to the nursing homes were not followed.  The goal for the research team was to document how often recommendations were not followed. The three most common recommendations not followed in the study were […]

CMS releases guidance about missing MDS 3.0 discharge assessments

On August 23, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a memo sent to state survey agency directors about MDS 3.0 discharge assessments that have not been completed and/or submitted. CMS states that the memo is intended to help surveyors understand: What nursing homes should do to address inactive residents remaining on their […]