Case Management

Proposed rule could put huge staffing burden on hospitals

Case Management Insider, November 24, 2015

A new proposed rule aimed at reducing readmission rates and improving patient care could bring big changes for case management—in some instances requiring hospitals to nearly double the number of full-time case managers they have on staff, say experts. CMS published the proposed rule in the November 3 Federal Register (

If approved, the rule would revamp discharge planning regulations, requiring hospitals to create formal discharge plans for a much larger percentage of patients, says Ronald Hirsch, MD, FACP, CHCQM, vice president of the Regulations and Education Group at Accretive Health in Chicago.

“If adopted, the number of patients needing a formal discharge plan will skyrocket,” says Hirsch.

Check out the January 2016 issue of Case Management Monthly for a full analysis.


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