Medically Complex Patients on the Rise: Is Your Rehab Program Ready?

Stroke Prevalence Is Expected to Rise 21% by 2030. More Than 1.2 Million Citizens Are Projected to Have Parkinson’s Disease by 2030

Rehab programs will experience a major influx of medically complex patients, including those with neurological conditions, in the coming decades. The drastic increase is being spurred by an aging population. For instance, stroke prevalence is expected to rise by 21% by 2030, and more than 1.2 million citizens are projected to have Parkinson’s disease.1,2

This leaves rehab leaders with one significant question: What can be done to prepare for the increase of medically complex patients? By evolving to meet the needs of this changing population, rehab programs can successfully meet the challenge, providing patients with the highest level of care while achieving greater performance standards.

In this whitepaper, we’ll examine the three areas that drive the greatest impact on treating medically complex patients:

  • Clinical staff
  • Tech innovation
  • Patient and family member experience

Getting Your Staff Prepared Clinically

A mistake many rehab programs make is trying to serve this new medically complex patient population with the same staffing model that they have used in the past. Unless staffing models are optimized for the new population, it can lead to operational inefficiencies and subpar outcomes. Positions that are particularly important for treating medically complex patients are:

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Adapting Through Tech Innovation

By embracing new technologies, rehab programs and their patients can reach new levels of performance.

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Positioning Patients for Positive Outcomes

The Power of a Phone Call

Working follow-up calls into standard discharge procedure can produce optimal outcomes for both patients and rehab programs. For instance, brain injury patients who receive follow-up calls are more likely to consistently take medication. They are also more likely to attend clinic visits, which correlates with reduced readmission risk.1

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Optimizing Your Program

KHRS is the largest diversified provider of rehab therapy in the country. Our deep clinical expertise, access to the latest rehab data, and innovative technology enables rehab programs across the country to reach new levels of clinical and operational success. 

To learn more about partnership options that will enhance your program’s success, contact KHRS today.

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  2. C. Marras, J.C. Beck, et al. Prevalence of Parkinson’s disease across North America. npj Parkinson’s Disease. Jul 2018.
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