Frequent-user patients: reducing costs while making appropriate discharges.
Healthc Financ Manage. 2012 Mar;66(3):98-100, 102, 104 passim
Authors: Fader HC, Phillips CN
Homeless patients who lack access to the health resources they need to maintain their health on their own pose a challenge for hospitals: Premature discharge of such patients can result in their being readmitted to the hospital in a short time, leading to higher costs for the hospital. Hospitals can address this problem by developing clear, effective homeless discharge policies and by developing ongoing relationships with appropriate medical respite care providers. A hospital also can benefit from spearheading an initiative to develop a medical respite program, enlisting the assistance of other community stakeholders.
PMID: 22420142 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]