CHA News Article

CDPH Issues Information on Discharge and Readmission Requirements

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued the attached All Facilities Letter, which reviews requirements skilled-nursing facilities (SNFs) and intermediate care facilities (ICFs) must meet when transferring, discharging and readmitting patients. The letter notes that SNFs and ICFs may transfer and discharge residents only under specified circumstances and must notify all residents of the bed hold policy. Upon request, all SNFs and ICFs must hold the bed of any resident transferred to a general acute care hospital for at least seven days, and allow for readmission to the facility upon the first available bed if the bed hold period has lapsed.