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CMS Proposed Changes to the Discharge Planning Standards and the IMPACT Act

February 16 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

| $150

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This program will discuss two issues that are of extreme importance to all hospitals including critical access hospitals. It relates to a federal law that has been passed called the IMPACT Act. The second topic to be covered is the CMS hospital proposed changes to the discharge planning standards.

These will result in more work for hospitals and hospitals need to start thinking about how they will comply with these such as rewriting the transfer form, collection of five new data elements, changes to the discharge evaluation form to collect five required five required standardized assessment elements. It will require five things to be included in all discharge instructions. CMS will require medication reconciliation upon discharge and information on side effects of new medication must be provided. This will affect not only hospitals but home health agencies, inpatient rehab, SNF, and LTC hospitals. Discharge instructions and discharge summaries will be required to be sent to the physicians within 48 hours.


  • Recall that there are five things that must be included in the discharge instructions
  • Describe that there are many things that are now required to be included in the transfer form
  • Identify that the discharge summary and instructions will need to be sent to the primary care practitioner within 48 hours of discharge
  • Discuss that there are five things that must be in the standardized assessment form as required by the federal IMPACT law



For more information:

Penny Williams
(615) 256-8240