Accession Number : ADA195189

Title :   A Study to Develop a Method of Assessing the Effectiveness of Discharge Planning in a Military Hospital.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis Jul 82-Jul 83,

Corporate Author : ARMY HEALTH CARE STUDIES AND CLINICAL INVESTIGATION ACTIVITY FORT SAM HOUSTON TX

Personal Author(s) : Green, Barbara M

PDF Url : ADA195189

Report Date : Jul 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 82

Abstract : There has been a recent trend in health care delivery to focus increasingly on discharge planning as an integral component of all types of delivery systems. This trend has emerged as a result of the growing realization by health care providers that in order to be effective, that the total patient must be assessed and utilization of available programs must be coordinated to effect optimal provision for patients' needs. There has been a rapid growth in health care costs in recent years, combined with an increase in reimbursement by governmental agencies. This has caused a proliferation of regulations attempting to reduce costs and eliminate duplication while continuing to insure that patients' needs are met. These regulations exert pressure on hospitals to develop or increase discharge planning services. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals (JCAH), although not regulatory in nature, places broad emphasis on discharge planning throughout its standards. The compliance with JCAH standards is of vital importance to health care institutions in today's competitive market. As may be anticipated, much energy has been exerted to develop and implement discharge planning programs throughout the health care industry. The Army has been an active participant in this endeavor.

Descriptors :   *PATIENTS, *SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT, *RELEASE, COSTS, HEALTH, HOSPITALS, INDUSTRIES, MEDICAL SERVICES, PLANNING, THESES, MEDICAL SERVICES, MILITARY MEDICINE

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE