Poor Communication with PCP and Lack of Coordination
- The hospital discharge process is often characterized by poor communication and a lack of coordination between the hospital and the PCP.
- When patients are discharged, they often do not know what medications their physicians have prescribed, when their follow-up appointments should take place, and, in some cases, why they were hospitalized.
Establishing a strong physician referral base is a key component or success measure for Project RED. Communicating with the next caregiver provides information about the patient’s length of stay and rationale for the treatment plan established at discharge.