OCR Guidance: Using the Minimum Data Set to Establish Provision of Most Integrated Care Possible

July 1, 2016 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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​Long-term care organizations should ask residents about their desire to return to live in the community and, if residents express such a desire, must refer them to the appropriate Local Contact Agency, according to new guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights (OCR). The guidance reviews long-term care organizations' obligations to provide services in the most integrated setting possible under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the 1999 U.S. Supreme Court decision Olmstead v. L.C. OCR reviews three questions in the Minimum Data Set that it says will help organizations establish their compliance with these obligations. The first, Q0400, asks whether active discharge planning is in place for the resident.

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