Bill Would Mandate That Hospitals Keep Caregivers In The Loop

Sep 23, 2015

Advocates are pushing a state proposal to make caregivers a more central part of a patient’s care.

The AARP was joined by a major hospital industry group Tuesday at the Capitol for a rally in support of House Bill 1329, which, among other things, mandates that caregivers receive thorough instruction from the hospital that is discharging their loved ones.

Jim Palmquist, AARP Pennsylvania State President, said hospitals should do a little more hand-holding with caregivers.

“They’re an essential component of helping older American adults remain in their home, which is exactly where they want to be,” Palmquist said.

Andy Carter, president of the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, said the House proposal offered a “common sense” mandate that would help hospitals in the long run. By keeping caregivers in the loop on their loved one’s medical needs, Carter said, hospitals could prevent unnecessary return trips.

The proposal passed the House by a nearly unanimous vote in June. It is before a Senate committee.