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Sneak peek: Two discharge planning best practices that should be part of your process

Case Management Weekly, April 20, 2011

Hospitals have no choice regarding discharge planning: Federal law requires that 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 regarding how they meet the discharge planning requirement.

Birmingham, vice president of regulatory monitoring and clinical leadership at 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 rules that govern discharge planning and discussed the benefits of patient-centered practices such as discharge planning bedside rounds. An audience poll, however, revealed that a majority of their facilities have not incorporated the practices that Birmingham and Holland had expected.

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