Slide 21

Project RED: Module 1: Preparing to Redesign Your Discharge Program

Provides a four-module training program to help hospitals implement Project RED.

Patient's Physician

  • Initiates patient plan of care based on critical pathway.
  • Leads and/or participates in discharge planning rounds.
  • Communicates potential date of discharge.
  • Supports the performance improvement process.


The physician who will provide care to the Project RED patient may be filled by an attending physician or a hospitalist who directs the care, treatment, and discharge activities of the focused patient population. Physicians are critical to the success of patients' hospitalization and their ability to continue their care and treatment at home.

Establishing a collaborative relationship between the DA and the patient's physician will ensure clear communication pathways, mutual trust, and respect for the work that needs to be done for the patient.

One of the Project RED physicians should be a member of the project team, participate when able, and be kept informed and involved with the PI team's activities.

Page last reviewed August 2011
Internet Citation: Slide 21: Project RED: Module 1: Preparing to Redesign Your Discharge Program. August 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.