ExpiredLive Discharges: Getting It Right!

  • March 22, 2017
    11:30 am - 1:00 pm

What’s a perennially confusing regulatory area for hospices? Live discharges!

Live discharges have always been seen within hospice care, and can occur because patients decide to resume curative care, their condition improves or stabilizes, or a patient might leave hospice care for a variety of personal reasons. Both CMS hospice claims data and data from the hospice community indicate that approximately 40 percent of all live discharges occur when patients, exercising their rights, make the choice to leave hospice.

This session will review the five types of live discharges, key requirements and documentation points for each, important monitoring areas, and more.  You’ll also leave with important resources for your hospice: chart review tools and an invaluable one-page live discharge tool.


Program Goals:

  • Identify 5 types of live discharges & understand appropriate uses of each
  • Understand and implement proper steps for each type
  • Assure compliant documentation
  • Prepare for increasing scrutiny of live discharges


 Who should attend: RN, LPNs, chaplains, social workers, clinical supervisors and managers, those in hospice education, QAPI, and Compliance.


Presenter:  Susan Balfour, Partner with Hospice Fundamentals. Ms. Balfour’s hospice experience spans thirty years and includes experience as executive director of a free-standing non-profit hospice agency, Director of Clinical & Regulatory Affairs for The Carolinas Center for Hospice and End of Life Care, and, since 2009, a founding partner in Hospice Fundamentals, a company specializing in regulatory and compliance monitoring, analysis and education.


For more on Live Discharges:

National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization


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