Involuntary Discharge and Transfer

The number of displaced patients (patients with no facility willing to accept them) is a concern in Quality Insights Renal Network 3 and throughout the country. These patients are forced to go to hospital emergency rooms for treatment, thus contributing to an already over-burdened system, and also receiving little or no continuity of care. Quality Insights supports the recommendations on involuntary discharge from the Ethical, Legal, and Regulatory Subcommittee of the Decreasing Dialysis Patient-Provider Conflict Project.

For information about the involuntary discharge process as outlined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), download the Involuntary Discharge and Involuntary Transfer Packet.

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