The Virginia Medicaid program in December began requiring hospitals to electronically submit preadmission screening forms to ensure patients discharged are not inappropriately placed in a long-term care facility.

With the approach, hospitals evaluate applicants for a Medicaid-certified, long-term care facility for mental illness or intellectual disabilities, and whether it would be the most appropriate setting for their needs, or if another setting such as the home or acute care would be a better fit.

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