Preparing for Your Hospital Discharge

By: AvMed Health Tips AvMed Health Smarts, Benefits

If you’re ever admitted to a hospital, it’s important to start planning for your discharge sooner rather than later. Being proactive for your discharge ensures you get the support you need and reduces your risk of readmission.

Getting Started

The first thing to do is create a list of questions. Here are a few to get you started:

  • Why was I admitted to the hospital?
  • How can I avoid readmission?
  • Do I need any services after my discharge? Have they been arranged?
  • Do I have all the contact information I need for these services?
  • Which Provider(s) should I visit after my discharge? What should I do if they cannot see me promptly?
  • What medications should I be taking? Do I need to keep taking my old ones?
  • Am I aware of the treatments I received and what care I will be needing after discharge?

After you’re released, you should maintain any scheduled follow-up appointments and fill all your prescriptions. Until you can see a doctor, be sure to take all medications as prescribed as well as keep track of any services you received. All this information is necessary for your Primary Care Physician (PCP) to create the proper recovery plan for you.

Ideally, you should schedule your follow-up visit with your doctor within seven days if possible; it’s recommended you see him or her within 30 days of your discharge.

Have more questions, or need assistance? Contact AvMed Nurse On Call at 1-888-866-5432 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or call AvMed’s Member Engagement Center at the number listed on your AvMed Member ID Card. You can also log into AvMed.org for additional Member resources.