I have worked with several hospitalized clients who are told they are "being discharged today". Then they wait and wait and wait. Recently, a friend's 90-year-old mom was finally discharged at 9 PM. She was exhausted. Because she was "supposed" to be discharged earlier, the hospital never fed her either.
I can only think this must have something to do with either holding the patient longer to get paid for another day or the workload is so extreme due to hospital understaffing policies. Maybe holding the patient until the next shift means less work?
Can anyone shed some light on this and more importantly, how can patients get discharged earlier and out the door at a normal time?
We have also been told that if the patient leaves earlier, they will be deemed AMA (Against Medical Advice) and insurance will not pay. We have not found this to be true at all. Any thoughts?