After Your Stay

discharge

 

Discharge

Your physician will determine when you are ready to be discharged from the hospital. When you are ready to leave and the person who will drive you home has arrived, you will be escorted out of the hospital by a NHS representative.

Discharge Planning/Social Services


The Discharge Planning/Social Services department is an integrated member of the health care team whose primary responsibilities are discharge planning, information and referral. This department actively participates in planning for post-hospital care of patients who need continued healthcare and acts as a liaison between the hospital and community resources.

The key to successful recovery is having realistic expectations about how long it will take to recover. After discharge, allow time to adjust both physically and emotionally. During this time, take extra care to continue taking any medication prescribed to you as instructed. Remember, a hospitalization is not complete until you have followed up with your primary care provider. If you do not have an established primary care provider, please notify your discharge planner so they can arrange a follow up through the transition of care clinic or schedule a new patient appointment prior to discharge.

More specific instructions are given for care after hospitalization. If you or family members have questions about after-discharge care, please ask the doctor, nurse, or the discharge planner.

Many patients need additional care after discharge. Social Services, extension 2109 or 2381, will assist patients and their families with home health, rehabilitation, nursing homes, assisted living, or other post discharge healthcare needs such as getting medication filled, follow-up referrals, or scheduling outpatients tests.

Financial Arrangements

As an inpatient, there will be separate bills from the hospital and physicians. The bill from Northeastern Health System is for hospital services only. It includes all tests, procedures, supplies and technologists involved in the services that you received. This bill is not for professional services provided by your physician, other physicians who conducted tests and procedures, or interpreted results.

Our patient financial services department is available 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Our staff will consult with you during your stay with us and/or after discharge. NHS offers a prompt pay discount of 20 percent of the patient’s portion of the bill for full payments made within 60 days of the final bill.

We assist many patients with payment arrangements, an itemized statement, or answers about your bill. Please call (918) 456-0641 and ask for a patient representative or review our Patient Financial Services page.

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