What to Know Before, During and After a Hospital Stay

Posted on Jul 5th 2019 by Florida Blue

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No one enjoys going to the hospital. Having to go back there after coming home for a short time feels even worse. According to the United Health Foundation, almost 15 percent of adults age 65 and older are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of leaving. Planning a hospital visit soon, or know someone who is? Here’s some advice to help ease your next hospital visit and ensure you don’t end up going back.

Before Your Stay

Know your Insurance Information. Have your insurance information ready before you visit a hospital. Knowing this information could save you money on procedures or prescribed medications. If you are a caregiver, visit our website to download our Caregiver Guide at no cost to you. This guide will help you keep track of medications and insurance information.

Know your Medications. Your doctor will ask you what medications you are currently taking. By knowing what medications you are taking, your doctor will be able to give you the best care. Have a list prepared ahead of time to make it easier on you and your doctor.

Know when to make an appointment and when you should visit the emergency room. Depending on the severity, an urgent care center may treat your injury or illness. Learn more about when you should visit the ER here.

During Your Stay

Understand why the hospitalization happened. Make sure you have a good understanding of what caused you to end up in the hospital. Ask your doctor any questions you might have. Remember, no question is a stupid question.

Ask about care after your stay. Ask your doctor what care you’ll need after your hospital stay. You might need physical therapy. Does your doctor want you to have regular checkups? Maybe you’ll need to stay in an assisted living community where help is always available.

Having caregivers, friends or family members present during your stay is important. They can help ask your doctor questions or answer any questions you might have. They can also help organize any care you might need after your stay.

After Your Stay

Schedule follow-up visits. After you leave the hospital, make sure you follow up with your doctor. If you feel any discomfort or pain, call your doctor right away.

Your Florida Blue Medicare health plan includes services to help you regain your health.

CareSight by PopHealthCare. Let the doctor’s office come to you.

  • This service allows Florida Blue Medicare health plan members to receive in-home visits from a Nurse Practitioner.
  • CareSight is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • You can receive and discuss care at your pace.

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