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CAPE CORAL HOSPITAL 636 DEL PRADO BLVD CAPE CORAL, FL 33990 May 11, 2011
VIOLATION: PATIENT RIGHTS: NOTICE OF RIGHTS Tag No: A0117
**NOTE- TERMS IN BRACKETS HAVE BEEN EDITED TO PROTECT CONFIDENTIALITY**


Based on record review and interview the facility failed to ensure patient rights to appeal of discharge was provided prior to discharge.

The findings include:

1. During the review of sampled Patient #2's closed medical record on 05/11/11 at 10:00 a.m., the following information was found.

Patient #2 was admitted to the facility on [DATE] through the emergency room (ER) with an admitting diagnosis of [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]

Patient #2 signed an IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM MEDICARE ABOUT YOUR RIGHTS (IM) form the day of admission at 5:35 p.m..

The second IM form that instructs the patient on how to appeal their discharge was in the closed medical record unsigned. The patient was discharged home on 03/26/11 after the discharge order was written by the attending hospitalist at 6:40 p.m.

This information was confirmed by the Risk Manager during an interview on this date and at this time.