—Do you have transportation home, to follow-up appointments, and to the drugstore?
—If you have a regular physician, make sure the hospital sends a report of your hospital stay.
—If you are uninsured or will have difficulty affording prescriptions, a hospital discharge planner or social worker may be able to link you to community resources that can help.
—Get a name and number to call if questions about your hospitalization or discharge arise.
Sources: Dr. Eric Coleman, University of Colorado in Denver; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Journal of the American Medical Association.