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Reporting on why some patients are stuck in hospitals

Yanick Rice Lamb
Yanick Rice Lamb

Patients typically complain about being released from the hospital sooner than they would like. So Yanick Rice Lamb became intrigued when when she heard about patients languishing in hospitals weeks and even months after being medically ready for discharge. This can happen to uninsured and underinsured patients who need long-term care.

Given the recent downturn in the economy, this could potentially happen to anyone who loses a job and the health coverage that came along with it. When she learned about AHCJ's Media Fellowships on Health Performance, she found that delayed discharge was an ideal topic: It was an underreported topic and information was fragmented and spotty, at best.

Find out what she learned from her 10-month look at this narrow slice of the population – the sickest, poorest and most invisible patients. She includes an extensive list of story ideas and angles for other reporters to look into.

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