CMS Develops Discharge Planning Checklist for Patients, Caregivers

September 23, 2008

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is pleased to announce the availability of a useful checklist that prompts patients and caregivers to ask questions about key discharge planning topics including their likely care needs, the options for continuing care, post-discharge care instructions, community-based resources, and more. The checklist, entitled "Planning for your Discharge: A Checklist for Patients and Caregivers Preparing to Leave a Hospital, Nursing Home, or Other Health Care Setting," is intended to encourage patients and caregivers to actively participate in the discharge planning process and reflects CMS' goal to achieve high-value, person-centered health care.

Providers can make use of the checklist by: (1) making staff aware of the checklist; (2) including it in pre-administration and/or admission paperwork; and, (3) by encouraging staff to work with patients and caregivers to complete the checklist.

CMS hopes that providers will find the checklist a useful tool to assure that patients get the information they need to assure a safe discharge.

View the checklist.