What Are the Top Components of a Discharge Summary?

What Are the Top Components of a Discharge Summary?A patient's discharge summary to the next site of care is a critical element in improving transitions of care. With CMS' proposed discharge planning requirements, we can expect an increased focus this year on discharge planning. The 2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Care Transitions Management explores the top components of a discharge summary with the diagnosis the leading component, followed by a medication list and follow-up instructions.

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Management of patient handoffs—between providers, from hospital to home or skilled nursing facility, or SNF to hospital—is a key factor in the delivery of value-based care. Poorly managed care transitions drive avoidable readmissions, ER use, medication errors and healthcare spend.

2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Care Transitions Management, HIN's fourth annual analysis of these cross-continuum initiatives, examines programs, models, protocols and results associated with movement of patients from one care site to another, including the impact of care transitions management on quality metrics and the delivery of value-based care.

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With a special focus on the patient discharge process and follow-up, this 50-page report is based on responses from 116 healthcare companies to HIN's fourth e-survey on Managing Care Transitions.

New in the 2015 edition:

  • Comparison of care transitions management trends from 2010 to present;
  • Availability of dedicated post-discharge clinics;
  • Transmission modes for information on patients discharged or transitioned;
  • Details on discharge summaries;
  • Partnerships and collaborations helping to shore up care transitions, in respondents' own words; and
  • Successful workflows, protocols and tools identified by respondents.

This fourth comprehensive collection of data points presents actionable new metrics on care transitions management, including the following:

  • The prevalence of existing and planned care transitions management programs;
  • Most critical care transitions managed by responding organizations;
  • Preferred care transitions models;
  • Targeted conditions and risk factors;
  • Methods to identify participants for care transitions management;
  • Responsibility for care transitions coordination;
  • Tools and training for the care transitions team;
  • Key measurements to gauge program success;
  • Sector-specific feedback on care transitions efforts by hospitals and other high-responding sectors;
  • Program challenges, impacts and ROI;
  • The complete 2015 Managing Care Transitions survey tool;
and much more.

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Benchmark reports to be released in the upcoming weeks will cover stratifying high-risk patients, medication management and other key topics impacting the healthcare industry in the coming months.

Available in Single or Multi-User Licenses

A multi-user license will provide you with the right to install and use this information on your company's computer network for an unlimited number of additional workstations within your organization for a one-time fee. To have this valuable resource on your network, or to inquire about ordering bulk copies in print or Adobe PDF, please e-mail sales@hin.com or call 888-446-3530.

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