Preparing For Your Hospital Stay

MHA's Caregiver Advise, Record & Enable (CARE)-Presentation Slides

The Care Act law (Chapter 332 of the Acts of 2016), effective November 8, 2017,  allows  patients over the age of 18, who have been admitted as an inpatient at an acute care hospital, the opportunity to designate a caregiver and give permission for the hospital to provide medical information to that caregiver.

MHA has developed a Fact Sheet as well as a FAQ document.

A recording of the webinar discussing this new law can be found here...

MedicineNet – 10 Tips: Packing for a Hospital Stay

If you know you're being admitted to the hospital, taking some time to plan and prepare can make your stay more comfortable and less stressful. The following checklist can help you decide what you need to bring with you and ensure you haven't left anything out..

Speak Up: Help Avoid Mistakes

The Joint Commission Partnership
The Joint Commission launched its Speak Up™ patient safety program. Over time, the program has expanded to more than 40 countries and features infographics, animated videos, brochures and posters, which can be downloaded for free.

"What You Can Do" to Prepare for Surgery

The Partnership for Healthcare Excellence
Simple steps to help you prepare for surgery can be found on this easy-to-follow fact sheet.

  • CARE ACT: Implementation of Chapter 332 of the Acts of 2016, Discharge Planning

    In an effort to support caregivers and those they care for, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law chapter 332 of the acts of 2016, an act authorizing the disclosure of medical information to certain designated caregivers, which authorizes all acute care hospital patients 18 years of age or older receiving inpatient services to designate a caregiver and requires hospitals to discuss with the pat...» Full Article