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New Regulatory Changes Focusing on Patient's Rights

New Regulatory Changes Focusing on Patient's Rights

Posted By || 2-Nov-2015

Know your Patient’s Rights!

Under the new proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), called IMPACT ACT, healthcare providers that include hospitals, rehabilitation and long - term care facilities, and home health agencies must provide you (patient or a designated caregiver) with a completed discharge plan before you leave. The plan must include detailed information with discharge instructions, completed medication reconciliation updated for your current needs. Discharge Planners must not only provide you with such updated information but also provide this information to your provider of choice. THis can include your primary care physician, your home health / home care agency, other community based services.

The important change is that now as a patient (or caregiver) you are given more rights to participate in the discharge planning process. You have the right to select a provider of choice based on the performance and quality outcomes. You can easily find Performance Results data on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services web site.

For more information on the proposed rule see the link to the CMS web site:


To see CMS healthcare providers' ratings please see the links below:

For Home Health Medicare Rating: https://www.medicare.gov/homehealthcompare/search.html

For Nursing Home Compare: https://www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare/search.html

For Hospital Home Compare: : https://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare/search.html