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CMS revises discharge planning requirements rule

September 26, 2019

By Jennifer Garvin

Washington — The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced a final rule Sept. 25 that revises hospital discharge planning requirements for long-term care hospitals and similar facilities.

The rule includes removing a requirement for hospitals and critical access hospitals to provide routine and emergency dental care for swing-bed patients, which the ADA supported in 2018 comments to CMS. A swing-bed hospital is a hospital or critical access hospital participating in Medicare that has agency approval to provide post-hospital, skilled-nursing facility care and meets certain requirements through Medicare Part A.

Following a request made by the ADA in its comments, the revised rule also directs CMS providers to the most recent ADA guidelines that say “patients should have regular dental visits, with the frequency determined by their dentist to accommodate for the patients’ current oral health status and health history.”

Additionally, the final rule changes the term oromaxillofacial surgeon, which was used in the draft rule, to oral and maxillofacial surgeon, after the ADA noted was the correct term in the comments.

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