Discharge Planning: How to Comply with New CMS Hospital CoPs

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Sue Dill Calloway, RN, MSN, JD
120 minutes
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Change Your Hospital’s Discharge Planning Policies & Procedures


The Impact Act and new final changes to the discharge planning standards apply to all hospitals, including Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). And although the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) thankfully scaled back many of the proposed changes for hospitals, you still have a whole host of policy and procedure changes to make to comply with the new rules.

Join expert speaker Sue Dill Calloway, RN, MSN, JD to learn everything you need to know about the Impact Act and the new revisions to discharge planning for hospitals, including the new requirements for standardized assessments, quality data, and resource data. Your hospital must now assist patients with post-discharge care like home health, skilled nursing facilities, long-term care hospitals, and inpatient rehab facilities – and you must provide information on all four of these to promote patient freedom of choice.

After attending this informative webinar session, you’ll know all the crucial elements of the Impact Act and the latest revisions to the discharge planning standards for hospitals. You’ll also learn about the new regulation’s sections on patient timely access to medical records, as well as the discharge planning process and requirements, discharge instructions, transfers to other facilities, assessment of readmission within 30 days, caregiver rights and recommendations, reducing factors leading to preventable readmissions, timely discharge planning, and more.

This webinar will also cover what items CMS chose not to adopt and instead decided to make certain recommendations to hospitals. These include the prescription drug monitoring program, the 24-hour requirement to initiate a discharge plan, the eight specific items included in the discharge planning assessment, the 21 items to be in the transfer form, medication reconciliation, and the 48-hour post-discharge requirement for the discharge summary and instructions.

This how-to session will cover:

  • Exactly what policies and procedures you must put into place to comply with the Impact Act and the new discharge planning standards;
  • How your hospital can avoid huge financial penalties for unnecessary readmissions;
  • Revisions to the interpretive guidelines and survey procedures regarding discharge planning in 2020;
  • Key points in the CMS Deficiency Memo on discharge planning standards;
  • New “blue box” advisory boxes and what they mean;
  • How to identify the patients who need discharge planning;
  • The new requirement for discharge planning evaluation, including what the evaluation must include and which staff members can develop the evaluation; and
  • What documentation you must have for discharge planning and what must be in the medical record.


This program is designed for discharge planners, transitional care nurses, social workers, RN discharge planners, all staff nurses who discharge patients in a hospital setting, ED nurses, chief nursing officers, compliance officers, nurse educators, chief operation officers, chief medical officers, all nurses with direct patient care, risk managers, social workers, regulatory officers, physician advisors, UR nurses, compliance officers, Joint Commission coordinators, chief operating officers, chief executive officers, staff nurses, physicians, 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.

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About Our Speaker

Sue Dill Calloway - Hospital Coding Expert

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 past VP of...   More Info
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