Definitions for "Discharge Planning"
A component of utilization management, wherein medical personnel of the health plan work with the attending physician and hospital staff to assess alternatives to hospitalization, evaluate appropriate settings for care and arrange for the discharge of a patient, including planning for subsequent care at home or in a skilled nursing facility. The goal is to determine when patients are ready to go home and to provide a more comfortable, cost-efficient setting for continued treatment.
The process of coordinating and evaluating a patient's health care needs in order to arrange for appropriate care following discharge from a hospital or other institutional care setting.
Determining what the patient's medical needs will be after discharge from a hospital or other inpatient treatment.
Preparing for life after rehabilitation.
preparation for life after rehab, including insurance and legal issues, home adaptation, and community support issues.
Planning and preparation for life rehab. has been completed.