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2010: A Tough Year Ahead for Discharge Planners, but Help Is Available
Date:1/14/2010

NEWTON, Mass., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- A new regulation from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will make it harder for discharge planners to transition patients from acute-care settings to inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs), according to Curaspan Health Group™, the industry leader in building secure electronic patient-transition networks for hospitals, post-acute providers and suppliers.

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At most hospitals, the traditional discharge-planning process is a very manual and labor-intensive process, and requirements in CMS-1538-F, effective January 1, 2010, will increase the burden when transferring patients to an IRF for additional rehabilitation. In 2010: A Difficult Year for Discharge Planning, now available on the company's new Web site, Curaspan expects that the rule will increase length of stay (LOS) and result in more patients getting post-acute care in non-acute settings.

"Given developing regulatory challenges, pending health-care reform legislation and the recent release of meaningful-use requirements, the writing on the wall is c
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