The information provided here is designed to help you understand how the Case Management/Social Work team will help you arrange for care after a hospital stay. Once hospitalized in an acute care hospital, such as The Valley Hospital, the needs a patient may have upon discharge are assessed. In most cases this process, known as discharge planning, may begin on the first day of admission into the hospital.
For those having a scheduled admission, such as orthopedic or cardiac surgery, you may even meet with a case manager prior to your surgery date. During these meetings, we can help you to understand what to expect during your recovery after discharge from the hospital.
Although insurance coverage varies, there is an increasing trend for all insurance carriers (including Medicare and Medicaid) to pay for hospitalization only during the “acute” phase of an illness or surgical recovery. This means that your full recovery will usually occur in a setting other than an inpatient hospital room. Your physician will decide when to discharge you depending on your physical condition and discharge needs.
The discharge planning team of case managers and/or social workers will educate patients and their families on the options available after discharge from the hospital, confer with insurance companies, and make referrals. We will coordinate a plan for continued care in order to organize your departure from the hospital in a timely and organized way.
Your discharge planner will discuss with you services that can be provided in the home or at a rehabilitation facility. For more information about these types of care, please click on topics below.
Patients should contact their insurance provider to obtain coverage and network provider information. Click here to see a list of insurances accepted by The Valley Hospital.
If you are a Medicare beneficiary, you may call 1-800-MEDICARE or visit Medicare's website to obtain covered benefit information.