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Study: Common barriers keeping patients in the hospital unnecessarily

Case Management Insider, July 21, 2015

A study of New Hampshire hospitals by the Foundation for Healthy Communities (FHC) shows that in many cases, people are often left to wait in the hospital even when they are ready for discharge. The reasons patients often remain in the hospital are related to some common problems, ranging from inability to find a nursing home bed, to failure to get an advance directive to lack of insurance or inability to pay for in-home assistance.

“The study identified hundreds of people who were unable to leave the hospital when ready for a medically less intense and less costly place to live because of public policies and individual decisions that do not align with their health status,” said report authors.

Click here to read the FHC report.


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