Preparing for Discharge (more)
Medicare, Medicaid, HMOs, and other health insurance companies have regulations regarding the length of hospital stay. If it is determined by your physician that hospitalization is no longer required, you and your family will be informed of the intent to discharge, and a written notice will be given to you for your review and signature prior to discharge.
- If you feel you are being asked to leave the Hospital too soon, immediately ask a hospital representative for a written notice of explanation, if you have not already received one.
- The Hospital's written notice is necessary if you decide to appeal your discharge. The written notice will describe how you can appeal.
- If you do decide to appeal, do so immediately.
- Remember that without written notice, you have no right to appeal.
- If you have any questions about your condition and your need for continued hospitalization or discharge date, please don't hesitate to consult with your physician.