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HHS/CMS RIN: 0938-AS59 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: Revisions to Requirements for Discharge Planning for Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, and Home Health Agencies (CMS-3317-F) 

This final rule revises the discharge planning requirements that Hospitals, including Long-Term Care Hospitals and Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities, Home Health Agencies, and Critical Access Hospitals, must meet to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The rule also implements the discharge planning requirements of the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT). It also addresses one provision regarding patient rights in hospitals that was proposed on June 16, 2016 (81 FR 39447). 

Agency: Department of Health and Human Services(HHS)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Actions 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Regulatory 
CFR Citation: 42 CFR 482    42 CFR 484 and 485   
Legal Authority: Pub. L. 113-185   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory  Under MMA sec. 902, 3-year deadline extended for 1 additional year.  11/03/2019 

Overall Description of Deadline: MMA section 902 requires Medicare final rules publish within 3 years of a proposed or interim final rule. A notice may publish in the Federal Register before the 3-year deadline extending the timeline by 1-year. We do not intend to delay publishing the final regulation if we are able to publish it sooner.

Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/03/2015  80 FR 68126   
NPRM Comment Period End  01/04/2016 
Continuation Notice  11/02/2018  83 FR 55105   
Final Action  09/30/2019  84 FR 51836   
Final Action Effective  11/29/2019 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, State 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Alpha-Banu Wilson
Health Insurance Specialist
Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, MS: S3-02-01, 7500 Security Boulevard,
Baltimore, MD 21244
Phone:410 786-8687