An Update on Discharge Planning Rules and Regulations for 2022

Product Id : HLT156
Instructor : Lena Browning & Sharon Courage
Aug 29, 2022 1:00 PM ET | 12:00 PM CT | 10:00 AM PT | 120 Minutes


In this program we will start by reviewing the current rules for discharge planning. Are you compliant with these rules? The newly enacted rules that are now required under the Medicare program’s conditions of participation will be reviewed as they may have a profound effect on how case management departments organize their work. Family caregivers and physicians are expected to be much more involved than they have in the past. This program will review the current rules and regulations from the Conditions of Participation (CoP) for Discharge Planning.

Be sure you know the old rules and the new rules so that your practice will be current and legal! We will review strategies for integrating these requirements into your daily practice.

Why Should You Attend:

Care coordination within hospitals and health systems has never been more important as it helps to align priorities of care teams and minimize waste within the system. Delayed discharges are not just an inconvenience; they lead to poorer experiences for patients and prevent hospitals from providing responsive care for patients requiring acute care, and those requiring admission for planned procedures. Poorly managed hospital-wide patient flow and capacity management has critical implications for both patients and providers.

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted all aspects of hospital care, and has altered nearly all fundamental practices, including discharge protocols. Discharge planning is an integral part of a hospital’s clinical care. On a daily basis, healthcare providers think carefully about how to help patients safely transition back into life outside of the hospital. Patients need up-to-date information about how to keep themselves and those around them safe, and resources and support to help them recover from illness. In response to COVID-19, within an exceptionally short time frame, hospitals have had to rapidly adapt their discharge planning protocols and have had to continue to adapt as new information comes out. The pandemic has highlighted the importance of discharge planning for patient care and has added a new element of public health in that healthcare providers have to take all possible precautions to ensure that patients are not spreading the virus after they leave the hospital.

The conference brings together leaders from hospitals, health systems, home care, health plans and managed care organizations to discuss best practices for improving care coordination, reducing readmissions, preventing avoidable healthcare utilization, and collaborating across the continuum. Network with leading practitioners on discharge planning and learn from the success of others on how to prevent hospital readmissions through comprehensive discharge planning; move patients quickly, efficiently and safely through the hospital system; improve capacity planning and service design; enhance patient care and satisfaction; and much more.

Areas Covered in the Webinar:

  • Conditions of Participation (CoP) for Medicare
  • Current CoP for Discharge Planning
  • New rules for 2022
  • Strategies for managing the Discharge Planning CoP
  • The role of the physician in discharge planning
  • How to maintain compliance
  • Integrating patients and families into the discharge planning process

Who Will Benefit:

  • RN Case Managers
  • Social Workers
  • Directors of Case Management
  • Directors of Social Work
  • Physician Advisors
  • Directors of Compliance
  • Directors of Nursing
Speaker Profile:

Lena Browning, MHA, BSN, RNC-NIC, CSHA

Lena Browning is a nurse leader and accreditation specialist with more than twenty-five years of experience in clinical leadership in acute care settings. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated a commitment to improving patient safety by empowering staff and leadership to maintain continuous compliance and achieve excellence in patient care across healthcare settings. As a Principal Consultant with Compass Clinical Consulting, Lena served as team lead for the accreditation and regulatory compliance survey team.  Lena has a strong commitment to client relationships and provides support to retainer clients to ensure patient safety and quality of care.  Most recently, Lena has fulfilled 3 Interim positions as Director of Accreditation and was responsible for restructuring accreditation departments and leading organizations in continuous compliance and preparation for survey readiness for their triennial Joint Commission (TJC) or Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) survey.  Since then, those three organizations have had successful surveys with no condition-level findings.  Additionally, Lena has successfully coached numerous organizations through Immediate Jeopardy situations with all organizations getting the IJ lifted, and no condition level findings noted on return surveys.  She is a true pioneer in leadership development and coaching for excellence in healthcare accreditation.

Prior to consulting, Lena had over 2 decades of experience in Accreditation and Regulatory leadership. As an expert for CMS, TJC, and state regulations, she has performed system-wide tracers for continuous readiness and patient safety, coordinated accreditation and regulatory surveys, chaired, and facilitated continuous readiness committees, and coached staff and leadership in effective compliance and performance improvement strategies.  Additionally, Lena has extensive experience in Quality and Patient Safety, Performance Improvement, Medical Staff Credentialing and Privileging, Contract Management, and Strategic Planning for Hospitals and Home Care Agencies.    

Lena earned her Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of Southern Indiana and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Murray State University. She is a Registered Nurse Certified in Neonatal Intensive Care, a Certified Specialist in Healthcare Accreditation, and holds numerous certifications in basic life support, neonatal and pediatric advanced life support, and newborn resuscitation and post-resuscitation stabilization. Additionally, she is a member of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

 Sharon Courage, RN, BSN

Sharon Courage is a Registered Nurse with a Master’s in Public Health. Ms. Courage has thirty years of experience in hospital quality and risk management, quality improvement, development of hospital programs, patient safety, and acute and long-term care.

From 2002 until the present, Ms. Courage served hospitals nationwide in developing programs and system improvements in patient safety, quality and risk management, infection control, program assessment, and accreditation preparation. She has assisted with the development and implementation of regulatory plans of correction, process development and implementation as well as process design for automation and electronic medical record documentation simplification. She also assisted hospitals with assessment and strategy development and implementation to meet Joint Commission and CMS compliance including the development of sustainable strategies following conditional CMS survey findings.

In addition to serving as Director of Quality and Risk Management and Director of Clinical Services, Ms. Courage delivers numerous educational services and is a subject matter expert on the following topics: Preparing for CMS Survey, Risk Management Implications and Value, Accreditation Boot Camp, Automating Quality, Facilitation Training, and more.

EDUCATION: Ms. Courage is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts, and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Boston University.

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