As the U.S. House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee continues to hold hearings regarding payment reforms to Medicare Post-Acute Care providers, it is important to note the critical role that rehabilitative therapies play in enabling patients to fully recover and return home. The powerful committee recently noted that “Medicare post-acute providers play an important role in the continuum of care for Medicare beneficiaries, providing recuperation and rehabilitation services to Medicare beneficiaries recovering from an acute hospital stay.” While there are variations in the level of care provided in different post-acute settings – including inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities and home health care – one constant is the value of physical and occupational therapies and speech-language pathology.

Throughout the entire post-acute care delivery system, a primary goal is to improve the well-being and physical abilities of each patient so that they may enjoy the highest quality of life possible.

At RehabCare, our commitment is to improve patients’ functional abilities and independence, shorten lengths of stay, reduce rehospitalizations and make recovery possible through the provision of high quality, medically-necessary therapies. In 2012, we provided intense therapy interventions to 543,000 individuals in more than 2,000 locations nationwide. As a direct result of the work of RehabCare therapists, we helped patients and residents achieve an average of more than 78% improved function from what they were able to do prior to injury or illness.

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While the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) currently has no way to measure therapy outcomes for patients in nursing facilities, at RehabCare we utilize outcome measures so that we may best measure improvement. For all three therapy modalities, our therapists use internal Kindred data to measure modified “ functional outcomes measures” for the patients we treat in skilled nursing facilities. By analyzing these FOMs, therapists utilize data to assess the effectiveness of therapy. This enables RehabCare to use evidence-based medicine to improve patient care.

Likewise, in Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospitals and Acute Rehab Units, our therapists are able to track outcomes through the federally-mandated Functional Improvement Measures (FIMs). In 2012, we outperformed national benchmarks in key quality measures including FIM efficiency and FIM gain.

By effectively tracking patient outcomes, RehabCare therapists are able to deliver quality outcomes and enable patients to recover and return home.