Needed bill

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

Re: “Bill aims to ease pol­icy on ob­ser­va­tional care,” Mod­ern­Health­, April 14: This bill is so needed. I am a home­care nurse who sees pa­tients stuck in a re­volv­ing door be­tween hos­pi­tal­iza­tion with ob­ser­va­tion sta­tus, home, and then back into the hos­pi­tal on ob­ser­va­tion sta­tus be­cause they were sent home rather than to the ap­pro­pri­ate skilled-nurs­ing fa­cil­ity for in­tense re­hab.

We can only im­prove out­comes and pre­vent re-hos­pi­tal­iza­tions with an ad­e­quate level of re­sources, in­clud­ing teach­ing pro­vided to pa­tients at cru­cial points in their ill­nesses.

Count­ing ob­ser­va­tion days to­ward the three-day rule would be huge in im­prov­ing pa­tient safety.

Sheila Malm­berg Healthy Op­tions at Home

We­natchee, Wash.

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