The hospitalization of a family member can be an extremely stressful time. It has become a truism that hospitals attempt to discharge patients "quicker and sicker."
In this legal guide, Attorney Harry S. Margolis explains how to reduce the level of pressure by using the medicare rules to get more time to talk to doctors, set up care at home, or choose the most appropriate placement in a rehabilitation hospital or skilled nursing facility.
Fortunately, both federal and state laws provide protections that patients and their families can use to challenge a premature discharge or simply to delay the discharge by the day or two the family needs.
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