Social/financial issues: Every floor has a case manager. They can be a valuable resource and are responsible for many patient issues including:
- setting the patient up if they are going to a rehab facility after discharge.
- insurance issues
- price/cost of medications and if patient qualifies for discounts/coupons
- Barriers to discharge: You may have to track down a case manager/social worker and be politely proactive about getting a patient discharged. Sometimes a 2-3 day evolving discharge can be expedited if you make yourself available for paperwork completion, questions, etc.
It is important to consult or confer with case management early if patient care involves any of the above.