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  1. Q: Is there a requirement that states that hospital discharge planners must offer a choice of home health agencies to patients who opt for those services?

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Q: Is there a requirement that states that hospital discharge planners must offer a choice of home health agencies to patients who opt for those services?

A: There is a requirement that addresses this and all patients have the right to choose their healthcare providers. Federal regulations require hospitals to develop a list of home health agencies that: ask to be on the list, are Medicare certified, and provide services in the area where the patient lives. They are then required to present the list to patients who are to receive services. If a hospital has a financial interest in a homecare agency and that agency is included on the list, the financial interest must be disclosed. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services offers guidance regarding non-discrimination in post-hospital referral to home health agencies by requiring that hospital discharge planning may not limit qualified providers of home health services, must include the availability of home health services in the area, must disclose financial relationships with home health service entities, and has advised agencies to contact their regional office to report suspected violations of these requirements. It is important to remember that your agency must request to be on the list of home health agencies.

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