Topic: Unanticipated Hospitalization MUIS
Date: October 6, 2020
Targeted Audience: Providers, SSAS
The Clearwater COG received information from a previous review regarding Unanticipated Hospitalizations. Due to the review, we want to ensure that providers and County Boards are receiving the appropriate discharge paperwork and follow up paperwork.
After being hospitalized, a person will receive discharge paperwork. This paperwork is typically given to the provider and forwarded to the SSA or MUI contact. This paperwork may not always have the information needed for completing the MUI investigation. The information that we need to have listed in the paperwork is:
- Treatment received while in the hospital
- Medication that was prescribed due to the hospitalization
- Follow up appointments due to the hospitalization
If the paperwork does not include all this information, we will need to get a release signed by the individual or guardian so that we can obtain more complete medical information. If the individual or guardian choose not to sign a release, we will need that information and will note that in the report and use the information that we have available to complete the report.
When an individual goes for a follow up appointment due to the hospitalization, we need to ensure that during that appointment the physician addresses the diagnosis from the hospitalization so we know if it was resolved or if there are additional treatments needed.
Best practice is for a staff person that knows the individual the best to accompany them to the appointment. If this is not possible, they should have a list of questions/concerns that the staff can ask the physician to ensure the individual is receiving the best care. The information from this follow up appointment will need to be submitted to the County Board MUI contact.