Recorded: February 19, 2014
Darlene D’Altorio-Jones, PT., MBA-HCM, Senior Consultant, Mediware
Is your staff educated on facts, trends, and regulations in Post-Acute Care so they can appropriately refer a patient based on the resources required to care for that patient 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 how a simple decision tree can be used 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 funded. Take an hour to review references and help your staff to more strategically evaluate an appropriate level of care. Take this pre-test before watching!
- Recognize that referrals should be based individually on patient resource needs as they consider safety, level of RN nursing and physician services as well as how much therapy will enable discharge;
- Develop an appreciation of how a simple decision tree may assist staff in recognizing the right level of care for the patient – i.e. regulatory mandates and expected education/training to reduce adverse effects post discharge; and
- Be presented with multiple facts and trends so they can utilize improved rationale for defending the appropriateness of a referral recommendation.
Who Should Watch?
Acute Care; Care Managers, Admission Liaisons, Rehabilitation Physicians, Social Work and other Clinical Staff helping to guide discharge plans from Acute Care services.