Case Management

Mentor moment: Collecting discharge planning data

Case Management Weekly, September 5, 2012

The days of manual collection of data are over for discharge planners. 

Discharge planners who still use pencil and paper must consider new technology. Available software applications:

  • Streamline discharge planning, also known as transition management
  • Facilitate secure communications
  • Enable tracking of all steps in the discharge planning process, including time of admission to first evaluation, time of referral to date of discharge, and case load per staff member 

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) refers to software accessed via the Internet. SaaS providers develop, host, and operate software for customer use rather than install it onsite. Provider organizations (e.g., hospitals, skilled nursing facilities) pay licensing fees to access the application on demand via the Internet. 

Editor’s note: This article is adapted from Discharge Planning Guide: Tools for Compliance, Third Edition, published by HCPro, Inc.

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