Hospital Discharge Planning

Successfully transitioning patients from hospitals to their homes or other care settings is a key part of quality care. IHA advocates for discharge planning policies that best serve patients.
Nov 27, 2017

Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable Act

Hospitals must provide each patient or the patient’s legal representative with an opportunity to designate a caregiver following the patient’s admission as an inpatient and prior to discharge.

Jun 01, 2017

Choices for Care Assessment Hospital Responsibilities

Hospitals must notify the designated care coordination unit at least 24 hours before a patient is discharged to a skilled nursing facility so the unit can perform the Choices for Care assessment.

Feb 07, 2017

Choices for Care Screening

A decision tree shows the steps that can occur after hospitals request a prescreening at least 24 hours before discharge.

Feb 07, 2017

Choices for Care Presentation

See presentation slides on "Choices for Care Policy & CCU Collaboration with Hospital Discharge Planners" from  the Department on Aging and Department of Healthcare and Family Services.

Nov 14, 2016

Revised Process for Hospital Discharge Planners

Hospital care coordination units must provide a copy of a patient's assessment for skilled nursing services direclty to the receiving facility before the patient is discharged.

Aug 06, 2015

New Legislation on Designated Caregivers

The CARE Act requires hospitals to offer inpatients the opportunity to designate a family member or friend as a caregiver who will provide aftercare in the patient’s home after discharge.

Financial Policy Issues

Illinois hospitals are major economic engines, providing jobs, healthcare, charity care and support services. IHA supports this work through advocacy and financial policy analysis and development.

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