So the day comes when you are being discharged from the hospital. You are happyto be released, yet confused and concerned. Make sure you get your discharge plans in writing. Medicare regulations require hospitals to have a process for all patients to receive written discharge instructions, including lists of follow-up appointments, medication and dosage directions. But according to a report by the Congressional Research Service, those discharge plans are often incomplete. Before entering a hospital, print a sample discharge plan (you can find one at (www. ahrq.gov/qual/goinghomeguide.pdf) and make sure you have a completed copy from your hospital care team before you are discharged. This is handy reference for you and a useful tool to bring to follow-up visits with your primary care and/or specialists.