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Rationale to Defend Throughput for IRF Candidates

Darlene04 2012

Darlene D’Altorio-Jones

Is staff educated on facts, trends, and regulations in Post-Acute Care so that they can appropriately refer a patient based on the resources required to care for patients and not as a ‘free for all’ referral just to push the patient out of acute care?

The climate is changing rapidly with pay for performance and or penalty for adverse performance (return to acute care within 30 days of discharge), in addition to Accountable Care Organizations trying to advance the patient to meet a more expedited but cost effective plan of care.

Take a sneak peek at the information your staff may need to be aware of and or the thought of simple decision trees to help APPROPRIATELY refer patients to the level of services they truly need. Margins are slim and there is no time to waste for patient benefit allocation whether they are paid by insurance, self-paid and or government funding. Take an hour to review references and help your staff to more strategically evaluate an appropriate level of care.

Attendees will:

  • Recognize that referrals should be based individually on patient resource needs as they consider safety, level of RN nursing and physician services in addition to how much therapy will enable discharge;
  • Develop an appreciation of how a simple decision tree may assist staff in recognizing right patient for right level of care – all things considered like regulatory mandates in addition to expected education/training to reduce adverse effects post discharge;
  • Be presented with multiple facts and trends so they can utilize improved rationale for defending an appropriate referral recommendation.

Who Should Attend?

Acute Care; Care Managers, Admission Liaisons, Rehabilitation Physicians, Social Work, and other Clinical Staff helping to guide discharge plans from Acute Care services.