The commissioner of health shall monitor the provision of subacute or transitional care services provided in hospitals. All hospitals providing these services must report statistical data on the extent and utilization of these services on forms supplied by the commissioner. The data must include the following information: the number of admissions to and discharges from subacute or transitional care beds, charges for services in these beds, the length of stay and total patient days, admission origin and discharge destination, and other information required by the commissioner to assess the utilization of these services. For purposes of this subdivision, subacute or transitional care services is care provided in a hospital bed to patients who have been hospitalized and no longer meet established acute care criteria, and care provided to patients who are admitted for respite care.
Nursing homes which provide services to individuals whose length of stay in the facility is less than 42 days shall report the data required by subdivision 1 on forms supplied by the commissioner of health.
The commissioner shall monitor the provision of services described in this section and shall report annually to the legislature concerning these services, including recommendations on the need for legislation.