A patient discharge which marks the end of an inpatient episode and occurs when the patient: (1) is transferred outside the NHS; (2) is transferred to another NHS inpatient or day case service; or (3) dies.
For this study, six hospitals in two Florida counties with high numbers of NAS births were identified using Florida's hospital inpatient discharge data; of these, three hospitals were able to provide data needed for this investigation.
Costs for surgery-related medications were obtained from VHA DSS national extract data and included all inpatient and discharge medications dispensed within 7 d of inpatient discharge following amputation.
In addition, the authors merge the hospital IT adoption data to millions of inpatient discharge records on every Medicare, fee-for-service patient admitted for one of four high-mortality conditions: acute myocardial infarction; congestive heart failure; coronary atherosclerosis; and pneumonia.
A recent review of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy included this recommendation: "Expand efforts to provide effective follow-up care after inpatient discharge of suicidal persons." (10) Another national report was more specific: "Adopt nationally recognized policies and procedures that best match patients at risk for suicide to follow-up services that begin at or near the time of discharge from ...
Pat Hackett, a director of the NHS organisation, said: "This new approach to providing community care is designed to reduce unscheduled hospital admissions, facilitate early inpatient discharge and really empower patients and carers to manage their own conditions.
Jean Mitchell, Ph.D., a professor of public policy at Georgetown University, Washington, analyzed 6 years of inpatient discharge data to compare the practice patterns of physicians who were owners of cardiac specialty hospitals in Phoenix and Tucson with those of physicians who only treated patients in full-service community hospitals with an accredited cardiac care program.