Question:

Does Medicare have any guidelines related to discharge criteria for patients who have had outpatient respiratory rehab services?

Answer:

A patient should be discharged from RTR services when the documentation shows any one or more of the following:

  • The patient, his or her family, or caregiver can assume responsibility for continuing the RTR at home.
  • There is minimal or no potential for material gains or significant progress.
  • The patient is non-compliant with the established plan of care. The total number of timed minutes must be documented in the medical record.
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