Should Medicare, or any insurer, pay for readmissions related to errors in discharge instructions?

by | Mar 31, 2022 | Health Care

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Assignment
• Create a cover sheet that list the group number, and the names of each member, see APA Manual (2020).
• Review and analyze the following Mini-Case Study from the textbook (Nowicki, 2018):
Mr. Jones is an 87-year-old widower who lives alone. He was admitted to the hospital through the ER for shortness of breath and swollen ankles. After an extensive interview, the admitting physician discovered that Mr. Jones had been admitted two weeks earlier with the same symptoms and had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure. After a four-day stay, Mr. Jones had been transferred to a skilled nursing facility, where he had spent three days before being discharged home with a prescriiption for a diuretic to help reduce fluid buildup. The admitting physician discovered that no one at the hospital or the skilled nursing facility explained to Mr. Jones the importance of maintaining a low-sodium diet. Mr. Jones had attended a grandchild’s birthday and eaten several hotdogs before his latest symptoms appeared.
1. Who should be financially responsible for the costs related to Mr. Jones’s latest admission?
2. Should Medicare, or any insurer, pay for readmissions related to errors in discharge instructions?
3. Would it be different if Mr. Jones received instructions for a low-sodium diet but chose to ignore them?
• Write an Annotated Bibliography using ten peer-reviewed journal articles that are no more than ten (10) years old, as it relates to the questions listed above, and use APA Manual (2020, p. 308). Use the textbook, Library, and/or Google Scholar.

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