Discharge. A Medicare patient in a long-term care hospital is considered discharged when -
(1) For purposes of the long-term care hospital qualification calculation, as described in § 412.23(e)(3), the patient is formally released;
(2) For purposes of payment, as described in § 412.521(b), the patient stops receiving Medicare-covered long-term care services; or
(3) The patient dies in the long-term care facility.