Calif. law requires identifying family caregivers for patients

A new California law that requires hospitals to identify and engage a family caregiver for discharged patients is raising concerns about its practicality.As of Jan. 1, California hospitals are required to identify a caregiver during a patient’s hospitalization and inform that caregiver of the individual’s discharge date and instructions, such as medication schedules.
Hospitals are still required to maintain privacy requirements and cannot release information without the patient’s consent.
About a dozen states have passed similar laws.Supporters such as the AARP say it will improve the quality of the transition to the home setting and reduce readmissions.
The law will stimulate conversations about individual preferences and capabilities to help loved ones remain independent, said Suzanne.
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