Revision to State Operations Manual (SOM), Hospital Appendix A - Interpretive Guidelines for 42 CFR 482.43, Discharge Planning
Discharge Planning Guidance Revised: SOM Hospital Appendix A has been revised to update the guidance for the discharge planning
Condition of Participation (CoP).
• Advisory Boxes: Included in the updated interpretive guidelines are “blue boxes,” to display advisory practices to promote
better patient outcomes. The information found in these advisory boxes is not required for hospital compliance but only resurce
information or references for process improvement.
• Automated Survey Processing Environment (ASPEN) Tags: ASPEN Tags for discharge planning CoPs have been reorganized. A number
of tags were eliminated. These changes were made in 2012.