We may only discharge or transfer you from this agency if:
Discharge planning will be begin when you are admitted to the agency based on the findings of the comprehensive assessment performed at admission. You and/or your representative will receive education and training to facilitate a timely discharge. Any revisions related to plans for your discharge will be communicated to you, your representative, your caregiver, all physicians issuing orders for our agency plan of care, your primary care practitioner and any other health care professionals who will be providing care and services to you after discharge from our agency.
You will be given advance notice of your discharge or transfer to another agency in accordance with applicable state regulations, except in the case of an emergency. All discharges or transfers will be documented in your medical record. When a discharge occurs, an assessment will be done. You will receive an updated list of your current medications along with any instructions needed for ongoing care or treatment. We will coordinate referrals to available community resources as needed.
Following your discharge or transfer, we will send a discharge or transfer summary within the time frames specified by federal regulations to your primary care practitioner or other health care professional who will be providing care and services to you after discharge or transfer from our agency. The summary may include, but will not be limited to, a list of your current medications and information necessary for your continued care, including pain management.
If you elected to transfer from another agency and were under an established plan of care, Medicare requires us to coordinate the transfer. The initial home health agency will no longer receive Medicare payment on your behalf and will no longer provide you with Medicare covered services after the date of your elected transfer to you agency.
You or your authorized representative will receive and be asked to sign and date a Notice of Medicare Non-Coverage (NOMNC) at least two days before your covered Medicare services will end. If you or your authorized representative are not available, we will make contact by phone, and then mail the notice. If you do not agree that your covered services should end, you must contact the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) at the phone number listed on the form no later than noon of the day before your services are to end and ask for an immediate appeal.