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Proposed Rehabilitation Standards Need Your Professional Feedback

Written by: Darlene D'Altorio-Jones (1959-2015) on Monday, September 8, 2014 Posted in: Inpatient Rehab

CARF states, “In keeping with CARF’s field-driven process, we are seeking your feedback on several proposed new standards for Medical Rehabilitation and Aging Services specialty programs, which were developed based on recent feedback from stakeholders in the field. The proposed standards will be published in the 2015 standards manuals.”

At every opportunity, we should take the time to review and comment on standards of practice that will define the professional expectations as a baseline for our patients. At the present time CARF is looking for a field review and comment in the area of Peer Support Services  or Amputation Specialty Program services that may be expected in the various programs served by our population of patients.  Follow the link to provide your input on these standards by Sept. 19, 2014.

As an individual that worked hard to demonstrate CARF standards of practice in various programs in a previous position that I held, I can attest to the fact that the care provided and vigilance to process that was outlined in those expectations made our services the very best possible. Having both a skilled level of care and a rehabilitation program under the same facility demonstrated even greater the differences between intensity that made each program specific to the needs of the patient; not equal in the expectations for both.

As a profession we are facing site neutral payment proposals from Congress and deeper confusion in the level of cost and resources required to provide rehabilitation services for patients’ unique needs.  Time, resources and special training above and beyond a skilled level of care is unique to IRF/U. Now is the time to provide feedback that will distinguish the very best of care, outcomes and resources to re-engage patients at their highest capability. This will not only mold the standard expectations but deliver on the goals as professionals we expect when serving the populations needing rehabilitation expertise.