URMC Compliance Program Policy Manual:
Discharge Planning And Ancillary Service Referrals
Federal regulations under the Medicare program and regulations administered by the New York State Department of Health govern the discharge planning process. In accordance with each entity's long standing procedures, it is the policy of Strong Health to abide by these regulations in every respect. We all must recognize that the discharge of a patient to a residence or some other post-hospitalization setting is a critically important decision that must be made in the best interests of the patient and with the patient's fully-informed consent. Improper discharge planning or referral to ancillary services providers not only might imperil the health of our patients, but might also place in jeopardy a facility's or physician's licensure and the continued ability to treat Medicare and Medicaid patients.