10A NCAC 13B .3203 DISCHARGE PLANNING
(a) Discharge planning shall be an integral part of in-patient hospitalization.
(b) The facility shall have written policies and procedures governing discharge planning. These shall include but need not be limited to the following:
(1) appropriate screening to determine the need for discharge planning;
(2) methods to facilitate the provision of follow-up care;
(3) information to be given to the patient or his family or other persons involved in caring for the patient on matters such as the patient's condition; his health care needs; the amount of activity he should engage in; any necessary medical regimens including drugs, nutrition therapy, appointments or other forms of therapy; sources of additional help from other agencies; and procedures to follow in case of complications; and
(4) procedures for assisting the patient and his family in gaining information regarding financial assistance in paying bills incurred as a result of the hospitalization, including how to receive assistance from the various federal and State government programs.
History Note: Authority G.S. 131E-79;
Eff. January 1, 1996;