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Complex Discharge

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If you are unable to join with the below options, there will be a physical space reserved in the Foundation for Health Care Quality’s Seattle office to participate in the virtual meeting at the below address:

705 2nd Ave
Suite 410
Seattle, WA 98104


Zoom Meeting:
Phone Number: +1 (253) 215-8782

Meeting ID: 837 6504 6883


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.

Next Meeting Time Materials
December 14th 3:00 – 4:30pm Please see below

Past Meeting Materials

Date Materials
January 2023 January Agenda
Draft Charter and Roster
HCA Legislative Presentation
February February Agenda
January Minutes
Discussion Slides
Draft Charter Roster
March March Agenda
February Minutes
Discharge Glossary
Workgroup Survey Results
April April Agenda
March Minutes
Common Barriers Framework
Draft Sample Discharge Metrics
May May Agenda
April Minutes
Draft Data Recommendations
Draft Evidence Review Table
June June Agenda
May Minutes
Draft Data Recommendations
Draft Evidence Review Table
Discharge Discussion Slides
July July Agenda
June Minutes
Draft Recommendations 0720
Complex Discharge Evidence Table 0720
August August Agenda
July Minutes
Draft Recommendations 0817
September September Agenda
August Minutes
Draft Recommendations 0921
October October Agenda
September Minutes
Draft Recommendations 1019
November November Agenda
October Minutes
Draft Recommendations 1109
December December Agenda
November Minutes
Draft Recommendations
January 2024 January Agenda
December Minutes, January Minutes
Draft Recommendations
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Workgroup Members

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