Question: A Medicare Part A resident has an unplanned discharge to the hospital. A discharge return anticipated assessment was completed. Several days later we learn she will be returning under hospice care. We did not complete the Medicare Part A PPS discharge assessment. Is it necessary to go back and modify the discharge return anticipated assessment to include the Medicare Part A PPS discharge assessment? Should we be completing a Medicare Part A PPS discharge assessment each time a Medicare Part A resident goes back to the hospital, even if we expect them to return and be Medicare Part A again?
Answer: Yes, you need to go back and complete the PPS Discharge assessment for this resident.
A PPS Discharge assessment is required when any PPS stay ends unless the resident's death is what ended the PPS stay.
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