Case Management

Tip: Steps in the discharge planning process

Case Management Weekly, July 21, 2010

Both discharge planning and transitional planning apply a process whereby a systematic approach facilitates the transition of the patient from one level of care to another, whether within the acute care continuum or beyond. Follow these steps to complete the process:

  • Plan the patient stay from door to door and beyond
  • Collaboratively determine the level of care with the interdisciplinary team
  • Connect the patient to continuing care services
  • Transition the patient to the next level of care

This week’s tip is adapted from Core Skills for Hospital Case Managers: A Training Toolkit for Effective Outcomes published by HCPro, Inc. For more information about this book or to order your copy, visit the HCMarketplace.

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