DAL #15-06 – Transfer and Discharge Requirements for Nursing Homes

Karen Morris in Clinical & Quality

The DOH has issued the attached DAL as a reminder related to transfer and discharge requirements for SNFs.  The requirements have not changed, however, the department is concerned about trends they are seeing with relation to:

  1. Failure to issue written discharge notices and
  2. Refusal to readmit residents who are temporarily hospitalized. The DAL re-emphasizes that “hospitals are not acceptable final discharge locations.”

Questions related to transfer and discharge requirements should be referred to Mary Jane Vogel and Joanne Breden in the complaint division, 518-402-5447.  They have been very helpful in assisting providers and we encourage you to use them as a resource for questions or to work with your team to resolve difficult transfer/discharge issues.


Karen Morris, RN, MS
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15