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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 for Discharge Planning. The CoP are the legal and regulatory requirements that hospitals and case management professionals must follow in order 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 from 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!
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. The rules alter the ways in which we provide “choice” to our patients. In this program, we will start by reviewing the current rules for discharge planning. Are you compliant with these rules? Family caregivers and physicians are expected to be much more involved than they have in the past. Be sure you know the old rules and the new rules so that your practice will be current and legal! We will review strategies for integrating these requirements into your daily practice.
Toni G. Cesta, Ph.D., RN, FAAN is Partner and Health Care Consultant in Case Management Concepts, LLC, a consulting company that assists institutions in designing, implementing, and evaluating acute care and community case management models, and provides education on case management and related topics, and on-site assistance to case management departments.
The author of nine books and a frequently sought-after speaker, lecturer, and consultant, Dr. Cesta is considered one of the primary thought leaders in the field of case management.
Dr. Cesta writes a monthly column called “Case Management Insider” in the Hospital Case Management journal in which she shares insights and information on current issues and trends in case management.
Prior to her current work as a case management consultant, Dr. Cesta was Senior Vice President – Operational Efficiency and Capacity Management at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. Prior to her position as Senior Vice President at Lutheran Medical Center, Dr. Cesta has held positions as Corporate Vice President for Patient Flow Optimization at the North Shore – Long Island Jewish Health System and Director of Case Management, Saint Vincents Catholic Medical Centers of New York, in New York City and also designed and implemented a Master’s of Nursing in Case Management Program and Post-Master’s Certificate Program in Case Management at Pace University in Pleasantville, New York. Dr. Cesta completed seven years as a Commissioner for the Commission for Case Manager Certification.