Healthcare News & Insights

Keys to better discharge planning if patients need skilled nursing care

Discharge planning is often challenging for patients and providers alike, especially if a patient may need to stay at a skilled nursing facility after leaving the hospital. To ensure the best outcomes for patients, it’s important for hospitals to take a more active role with helping patients and their families navigate the discharge process. 

Strategies to improve children’s health after discharge

It’s important for providers to communicate information about recovery to patients and their families – but it’s even more critical for the youngest patients who can’t advocate for themselves. New research suggests providers must do more to educate parents about how to properly care for children after a hospital stay. 

More hospitals creating ‘post-discharge’ spaces

Because patient outcomes are commonly tied to reimbursement, hospitals have placed more effort into making sure that care transitions are appropriate for patients. While some have bolstered their discharge planning procedures, others have used different approaches to make sure patients are more likely to have a smooth recovery. 

Family caregivers key in new discharge guidelines

As dictated by the feds, hospitals have to improve their discharge process this year. And there’s one aspect involved with discharging patients that’s getting a lot of attention right now: actively engaging a patient’s family caregiver in the person’s recovery. 

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