Patient Discharge Process Policy


This policy describes OHSU Healthcare processes for use throughout a patient’s hospitalization to assess and plan for discharge needs.

Persons affected

This policy applies to OHSU Healthcare workforce members who provide ongoing assessment and planning for patient discharge needs.


OHSU Healthcare workforce members identify patient discharge needs as early as possible during hospitalization in order to ensure planning for continuity of care and safety. Discharge planning must be appropriate to the condition of the patient and interpreted in a manner and as necessary to meet the needs and acuity of the patient and the abilities of the lay caregiver if needed.

Patient discharge process policy

  • Effective: 10/29/2018
  • Next review date: 10/29/2021