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9505.0540 CRITERIA FOR READMISSIONS.

Subpart 1.

[Repealed, 23 SR 298]

Subp. 2.

[Repealed, 23 SR 298]

Subp. 3.

Readmission considered as a second admission.

The medical review agent shall issue a certification number for a readmission that meets the criteria for medical necessity specified in part 9505.0530, whether the admitting and readmitting hospitals are the same or different. The medical record of the admission must state why the recipient was discharged from the hospital and what the recipient's medical status was upon discharge, and the medical record of the readmission must state why the recipient is being readmitted and what the recipient's medical status is at readmission. Both the admission and the readmission shall be subject to a retrospective review as provided in part 9505.0520, subpart 10. If the reason for the discharge and the reason for the readmission meet one set of circumstances specified in items A to D, the medical review agent shall determine that both the admission and the readmission shall retain the certification number subject to the hospitals' and admitting physicians' compliance with all requirements of parts 9505.0501 to 9505.0545.

A.

The readmission results from the recipient leaving the hospital against medical advice.

B.

The readmission results from the recipient being noncompliant with medical advice that is recorded on the recipient's medical record as being given to the recipient at the admitting hospital. For purposes of this part, "recipient being noncompliant with medical advice" means that the recipient, fully informed of his or her medical condition, and fully understanding the need for the treatment and the follow-up discharge instructions, if any, refuses to adhere to the treatment or to follow the discharge instructions.

C.

The readmission results from a new episode of the same diagnosis of an episodic illness or condition.

D.

The readmission results from the fact that the recipient's discharge from the admitting hospital and readmission are medically necessary according to prevailing medical standards, practice, and usage.

Subp. 4.

Readmission considered as continuous with admission.

The medical review agent shall determine that a readmission of a recipient is continuous with the recipient's admission whether the admitting and readmitting hospitals are the same or different if the circumstances requiring the recipient's readmission meet one set of the circumstances specified in items A to C. The medical review agent shall issue a certification number if the readmission meets the criteria for medical necessity specified in part 9505.0530. The medical record of the admission must state why the recipient was discharged from the hospital and what the recipient's medical status was upon discharge, and the medical record of the readmission must state why the recipient is being readmitted and what the recipient's medical status is at readmission. Both the admission and the readmission are subject to a retrospective review as provided in part 9505.0520, subpart 10. Upon completing the retrospective review and determining whether the readmission and admission are consistent with item A, B, or C, the medical review agent shall take the action specified in the item that applies. Medical assistance payment for the inpatient hospital services retaining the certification number after the determination resulting from the retrospective review must be paid according to parts 9500.1090 to 9500.1140 for the diagnostic category assigned to the recipient's principal diagnosis of the admission and readmission. In each circumstance, retention of the certification number is subject to the hospital's and admitting physician's compliance with all requirements of parts 9505.0501 to 9505.0545.

A.

The recipient was discharged from the admitting hospital without receiving the procedure or treatment of the condition diagnosed during the admission because of the hospital's or physician's preference or because of a scheduling conflict. If the admitting and readmitting hospitals are the same, the medical review agent shall withdraw the certification number of the readmission and determine the admission eligible to retain the certification number. If the admitting and readmitting hospitals are not the same, the medical review agent shall apply the requirements under subpart 5, item C, regarding admission and readmission eligible for a transfer payment.

B.

The recipient's discharge was not appropriate according to prevailing medical standards, practice, and usage. If the admitting and readmitting hospitals are the same, the medical review agent shall determine the admission eligible to retain the certification number and withdraw the certification number of the readmission. If the admitting and readmitting hospitals are different, the medical review agent shall withdraw the certification number of the admission and shall determine the readmission eligible to retain a certification number.

C.

The recipient's discharge and readmission to the same hospital results from the preference of the recipient or the recipient's family that the recipient's treatment be delayed, that the recipient be discharged without receiving the necessary procedure or treatment, and that the recipient be readmitted for the necessary procedure or treatment. If the admitting and readmitting hospitals are the same, the medical review agent shall determine the admission eligible to retain the certification number and withdraw the certification number of the readmission. If the admitting and readmitting hospitals are not the same, the medical review agent shall apply the requirements under subpart 5, item A, regarding admission and readmission eligible for a transfer payment. For purposes of this part, "preference of the recipient or the recipient's family" means that the recipient or the recipient's family makes a choice to delay or change the location of inpatient hospital services, and the choice is compatible with prevailing medical standards, practices, and usage.

Subp. 5.

Admission and readmission eligible for transfer payment.

The medical review agent shall issue a certification number for an admission and readmission that are eligible for a transfer payment if the admission and readmission meet the criteria for medical necessity specified in part 9505.0530, and a set of circumstances in item A, B, or C. The medical record of the admission must state why the recipient was discharged from the hospital and what the recipient's medical status was upon discharge, and the medical record of the readmission must state why the recipient is being readmitted and what the recipient's medical status is at readmission. The medical review agent shall conduct a retrospective review of the medical records, determine whether the admission and readmission are consistent with the circumstances in item A, B, or C, and take the action specified in the item. Retention of the certification number by the hospital is also subject to the admitting physician's and hospital's compliance with all requirements of parts 9505.0501 to 9505.0545.

A.

The readmission results from the preference of the recipient or the recipient's family that the recipient be discharged from the admitting hospital without receiving the necessary procedure or treatment and that the recipient be readmitted to a different hospital to obtain the necessary procedure or treatment. In this case, both hospitals shall retain their certification numbers subject to the hospitals' and admitting physicians' compliance with all requirements of parts 9505.0501 to 9505.0545, and medical assistance payment to each hospital must be made according to the transfer payment established under part 9500.1128, subpart 2, item D, for the inpatient hospital services necessary for the recipient's diagnosis and treatment.

B.

The readmission results from a referral from one hospital to a different hospital because the recipient's medically necessary treatment was outside the scope of the first hospital's available inpatient hospital services. In this case, both hospitals shall retain their certification numbers, and medical assistance payment to each hospital must be made according to the transfer payment established under part 9500.1128, subpart 2, item D, for the inpatient hospital services necessary for the recipient's diagnosis and treatment. If, however, the admission to the first hospital is not due to an emergency and the first hospital knew or had reason to know at the time of admission that the inpatient hospital services that were medically necessary for the recipient's treatment or condition were outside the scope of the hospital's available inpatient hospital services and the readmission to another hospital resulted because of the recipient's need for those services, the first hospital's certification number will be withdrawn.

C.

The readmission results from a physician's or hospital's scheduling conflict at the admitting hospital. The medical review agent shall determine both hospitals eligible to retain their certification numbers. In this case, medical assistance payment to each hospital shall be made according to the transfer payment established under part 9500.1128, subpart 2, item D, for the inpatient hospital services necessary for the recipient's diagnosis and treatment.

Subp. 6.

[Repealed, 23 SR 298]

Statutory Authority:

MS s 256.0625; 256.9353; 256.991; 256B.04; 256B.503; 256D.03

History:

9 SR 2296; 11 SR 1687; 13 SR 1688; 18 SR 1115; 20 SR 2405; 23 SR 298

Published Electronically:

August 12, 2008