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Difficulty to Discharge

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In a survey from August of 2021, hospitals in Washington state reported that more than 900 patients who were ready to be discharged were stuck in the hospital. In one widely reported example, Harborview Medical Center announced in summer 2022 that they will only accept patients in urgent need of specialized care, as they have more than 100 medically stable patients in need of long-term post-acute care. It can be difficult to find appropriate post-acute care for a number of reasons, including patient’s complex behavioral health or social needs and a lack of appropriate post-discharge care sites. While COVID-19 is a contributing factor to hospital capacity concerns, the primary issue appears to be access to appropriate post-acute care facilities.

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January 19 3:00 – 4:30pm TBD

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Darcy Jaffe, MN(chair) Senior Vice President, Safety and Quality Washington State Hospital Association