Discharge Date = Date of Death

When a patient expires, our nurses are using the date/time the body leaves the medical unit instead the date the patient expired. They feel it's falsifying records to use the date of death as there are postmortem duties before the body is transferred to the morgue.

I provided resources from the CMS claim guidelines, Joint Commission and the UB04 manual. However, the CMS quote is from 2016 and they want something current.

Does anyone have a link from CMS that specifically states that when a patient expires, the discharge date is the date of death?



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