The steps for the hospital admission process vary across different organizations and for different types of medical conditions. Common procedural steps for admission include identity verification, such as showing a driver's license and a social security card, and health insurance verification, such as primary insurance, supplemental insurance, Medicare or Medicaid.
Hospital admission involves remaining at a hospital for a minimum of a single night or more according to Surgery Encyclopedia. Generally, the hospital entrance procedure can be stressful if the patient lacks the proper information prepared. Hospital admission includes acquiring a list of current prescription drugs, a list of allergies to medicinal drugs and other allergies, such as food allergies. Basic information is also needed such as name, address and date of birth. Other steps may include providing the name and contact information of a primary care physician, a record of prior surgeries or outpatient procedures and any pertinent family medical history.
If the cause for admission is a personal injury that is a result of an car accident, the medical center may require a copy of a car insurance card, insurance plan number, the insurance agent's identity and phone number and claim details, claims Sheperd.org. Hospital administrators may also ask for the telephone numbers of loved ones or friends to get in touch with in the event of an emergency. Patients admitted need to give permission to be treated by signing a consent form. Paperwork that gives consent to release information to insurance companies may also be required. Patients also need to sign paperwork to agree to pay hospital charges.