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Patient-assessment systems for hospital discharges

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A new  American Hospital Association study looks at how  patient-assessment systems for discharges  can be improved.

The lessons — some obvious — include:

  • After discharge, hospitals should minimize care transitions by determining which care settings best suit individual patients’ needs.
  • Hospitals can’t continually add to their own discharge-reporting burden, however much insurers and government regulators might want them to!
  •  Such non-clinical factors as geographic proximity and family resources must be considered later in the discharge process.
  • It is too early to commit to predictive over observational discharge-tool structures.




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