CHA News Article

CMS Extends Timeline for Publishing Discharge Planning Requirements

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended until Nov. 3, 2019, its timeline for revising discharge planning requirements for hospitals, critical access hospitals and home health agencies. 

On Nov. 3, 2015, CMS proposed updates to discharge planning requirements that included provisions required by the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transitions (IMPACT) Act of 2014. At that time, CHA submitted a comment letter on members’ behalf. Based on the numerous comments and information it received, CMS has determined that significant policy issues must be resolved and it needs additional time to coordinate with other government agencies. More information is available in the attached notice.