Corporate Compliance

Providers face July 1 deadline to begin delivering discharge message

Compliance Monitor, June 13, 2007

On May 22, CMS posted the final version of the "Important Message from Medicare."

Beginning July 1, hospitals must deliver the revised "Important Message from Medicare" to Medicare beneficiaries who are hospital inpatients regarding their hospital discharge appeal rights.

It also posted an unofficial version of the "Detailed Notice of Discharge." It may only be used for training and programming purposes, according to CMS. CMS said a final version of the "Detailed Notice" should be published next week.

To view the final version of the "Important Message from Medicare" and the unofficial version of the "Detailed Notice of Discharge," click here and scroll down to the area marked "downloads."

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