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Continuity of Care and Hospital Admitting

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Primary Reviewer: Clinical Expert

Secondary Reviewer: N/A

Authority: Section 330(k)(3)(A) and 330(k)(3)(L) of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act; and 42 CFR 51.c.303(a) and 42 CFR 56.303(a)

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1. Health centers may choose to provide samples of patient records before or during the site visit. If patient records will be provided during the site visit, this should be communicated to the site visit team before the site visit to avoid any disruption or delay in the site visit process.

2. In addition to physicians, various provider types may have admitting privileges, if applicable, based on scope of practice in their state (for example, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives).

3. Health center patients may be admitted to a hospital setting through a variety of means (for example, a visit to the ED may lead to an inpatient hospital admission, or a health center patient may be directly admitted to a unit of the hospital, such as labor and delivery).

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