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Two best practices that should be part of your process

Case Management Monthly, May 1, 2011

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Hospitals have no choice when it comes to discharge planning: Federal law requires they have a discharge planning process for all their patients, including Medicare beneficiaries.

During the February 28 HCPro audio conference, "Improve Discharge Planning: Integrate New Requirements for Better Patient-Centered Care," Jackie ­Birmingham, RN, MS, CMAC, told the audience, "All of you on the phone have great job security because hospitals cannot operate without fulfilling this particular requirement."

However, hospitals do have a choice when it comes to how they meet the discharge planning requirement.

Birmingham, vice president of Curaspan, Inc., in Newton, MA, and author of HCPro's Discharge Planning: Tools for Compliance, Third Edition, spoke along with Diane E. Holland, RN, PhD, nurse researcher in the Department of Nursing and assistant professor at the College of Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Together, they reviewed key regulations that govern discharge planning and showed the benefits of performing patient-centered practices such as discharge planning bedside rounds. An audience poll, however, revealed that a majority of facilities have not incorporated the practices that Birmingham and Holland expected.

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