The CARE Act Is Improving Patient Health Outcomes

May 8, 2023

A total of 42 states have adopted laws called the Caregiver Advise, Record, and Enable (CARE) Act, which promotes increased clinician communication with patients and  caregivers during care delivery and at the point of discharge from care centers. A newly published paper in JAMA Network Open finds that these policies are having positive real-world impacts on patient health outcomes.

According to Ron Southwick, “Researchers studied 2,763 hospitals, including 2,188 hospitals in states with CARE Act policies, and 575 facilities in states without such policies. In states with CARE Act policies, nurses and physicians typically did a better job of communication with patients, including the discharge plan, the researchers found. Hospitals in states with CARE Act laws also enjoyed more favorable marks from patients, as patients were more likely to recommend the facility to others.”

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(Source: Chief Healthcare Executive, May 8th, 2023)

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