Policy makers, hospital discharge planners
, and SNF administrators should ensure equal access to high-quality care for all patients.
Catherine Cook, LMHP, LADC, is the discharge planner
for Correct Care Solutions.
A task analysis described how often the discharge planner
performed a task.
Physicians and discharge planners
think you're the greatest thing since Skippy Chunk-style peanut butter, and they're flocking to your facility.
This negotiation was done on a case-by-case basis by the discharge planner
, although one site has allocated this function to a specific person within their health plan.
It's a great way to report individual patient outcomes back to the referring physician, the discharge planner
, the case manager, and even the family," says Denise Norman, district manager for Aegis Therapies for northern Illinois.
A hospital social worker or discharge planner
can usually assist with this process to be sure nothing important falls through the cracks.
Admissions asks the hospital discharge planner
to make sure the patient comes with therapy orders.
In the past, the discharge planner
would make a copy of the patient's medical record and fax it to the SNF--not a time-efficient task for someone who, more often than not, has a master's degree.
Today's healthcare case manager has moved beyond the health plan office, working alongside the primary care physician, the hospital discharge planner
and the nursing home staff in a substantial care management role.
The tool can help discharge planners
and care coordinators quickly identify high-risk patients and facilitate the coordination of the right care for patients post-discharge.
A provider of home medical equipment and services in the Kansas City area reports that hospital discharge planners
are sending patients only those equipment providers that won contracts for multiple categories under the bidding system, effectively excluding those companies that only won contracts for one or two equipment categories.