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Case Studies and White Papers

KHRS is at the forefront of post-acute care technology, research and best practices. As part of this focus, we are constantly developing white papers and other educational materials.

Role of Rehab in COVID-19 Recovery

As the number of COVID-19 patients in recovery increases, so will the need for rehabilitation. Twenty percent of patients recovering from COVID-19 will require facility-based rehab, according to a recent study in the Journal of Rehabilitation Management.1 Further, the study underscored that inpatient rehab plays a unique and positive role in treating patients recovering from COVID-19. This guide provides research findings and key strategies hospitals can utilize to improve outcomes through rehabilitation for the care of patients recovering from COVID-19.

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Reducing Readmissions

While hospitals have focused on reducing readmission rates for the better part of a decade, 83% will face readmissions penalties in fiscal year 2020, according to a recent Kaiser Health News (KHN) 1 analysis. Penalties cost hospitals more than half a billion dollars annually. One key, and often overlooked, strategy that can help hospitals reduce readmission rates is to have strong post-acute care partners.

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2020 Rehab Trends

In 2020, our nation’s healthcare delivery and payment environment will continue its multi-year evolution. While some key trends will continue and expand, 2020 also brings new trends that will have a significant impact on healthcare providers across the continuum.

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10 Steps to Optimize Your Rehab Unit

With greater emphasis being placed on care transitions and readmission rates, inpatient rehabilitation programs have the incredible potential to become high-performing centers of excellence that optimize the performance of the entire hospital. Rehabilitation is so critical because it is key to patient recovery for medically complex patient populations that continue to grow as the population ages, and essential in reducing readmissions and associated financial penalties.

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Rise in Medically Complex Patients

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.

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How to Pick a Provider

Many healthcare providers are seeking support from dedicated rehabilitation partners. Receiving support from a third-party team of rehab experts enables healthcare providers to reach the highest levels of performance in this niche and highly-regulated space. While the landscape has never been as challenging, there is also great opportunity. When identifying a rehabilitation partner, there are five key qualities that indicate long-term success.

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Combating the Rehab Talent Shortage

A rehab program is only as good as its staff. Acquiring, retaining and keeping rehab talent engaged is critical for program effectiveness. Staffing issues can burden providers with additional costs and make it hard for them to deliver a consistently high quality of care, but there are key strategies to help relieve the staffing burden.

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Patient Engagement Through Technology

Reputation, whether good or bad, plays a large part in attracting patients, employees, physicians and partner healthcare institutions – and patient and family engagement are vital drivers of a hospital’s reputation. This white paper contains strategies for incorporating technology into patient engagement initiatives.

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Meeting Healthcare’s Challenges Through the Formation of Care Networks

In today’s health environment, no provider can live in a vacuum, focusing only on the level of care they provide without regard to what happens before and after a patient comes through their system. Effective care transitions are critical to reducing readmissions, conforming to financial challenges and improving outcomes, all of which lead to optimal patient care delivery. Creating preferred post-acute care networks helps to ensure effective transitions between settings and helps providers capture emerging market opportunities.

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Can Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities and Units Boost Performance in a Value-Based World?

As new healthcare delivery models evolve and adjust to market and regulatory changes, post-acute care (PAC) providers must understand the numerous and often complex factors affecting patient care and reimbursement within the value-based model. 

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Post-Acute Care and Provider Partnerships

Rehabilitation, a key piece of the post-acute continuum, presents its own unique opportunities and challenges and is often outside of what most acute health systems view as a core competency. However, acute care hospitals and systems can find success in the post-acute and rehabilitation space if they employ proven strategies.

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New AHA/ASA Guidelines on the Importance of Care Setting for Post-Acute Stroke Patients

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) issued its first-ever guidelines on adult stroke rehabilitation. The guidelines provide new guidance for acute-care providers in determining the most appropriate post-acute venue for a growing population of stroke survivors.

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Why IRFs and ARUs Are a Better Choice for Many Trauma Patients

Research published by the American College of Surgeons shows trauma patients who went to an IRF following acute care significantly increased their functional independence, improved their chances of going home and had a lower risk of death than patients who did not receive IRF care.

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