In the past when hospitals discharged patients, there was no oversight of the patients once they left the hospital. Hospitals will soon be on the hook for what happens after Medicare patients leave the premises, and particularly if they are re-admitted within a month. This is prodding hospitals to make sure patients follow through with the discharge plans, including when a patient is discharged to a lower level of care, such as a Skilled Nursing Facility.
Posts from July, 2012
The Central Neighborhood Health Foundation has been providing basic health care services to the working poor and uninsured in a 71-square-mile area of Los Angeles County since the late 1960s.
In 2004, the clinic was approved as a Federally Qualified Health Center program (FQHC), a federal program that channels state and federal dollars to centers such as Central Neighborhood that provide a disproportionate share of services to Medicaid patients and the uninsured. In California, nearly three million people are treated every year at over 1,000 locations by the state’s 118 federally supported health centers. (more…)