We believe in objective measurement of protocols and progress.
Outcomes measures are essential in health care because they provide objective assessment of protocols. Understanding whether a specific intervention works, how well and for how long helps medical professionals determine best practices, improve processes and even influence insurance coverage.
Rehab Without Walls® NeuroSolutions is extremely focused on outcomes. Just as our team members work hard to get our patients to where they want and need to be, they work hard to measure patient progress individually and collectively.
Why outcomes matter
In today’s world, measuring clinical outcomes is important to a lot of parties, including:
Patients and family members – Outcome information gives them concrete information on progress, especially when the gains may seem small or the patient’s own self-awareness may be impaired. It also can serve as a motivating tool.
Insurance companies – Outcomes justify return on investment, which is especially important when determining coverage for intensive therapies. In addition, financial outcomes may factor into coverage decisions.
Physicians and case managers – Outcomes give them accurate, functional information on their patient’s status. This allows them to make critical decisions such as whether to continue with a particular intervention.
Outcomes allow Rehab Without Walls NeuroSolutions to view our programs with a more objective eye, as well. We can see which interventions are most effective and the areas where patients consistently score lower or higher, then make adjustments.
How we measure outcomes
We measure outcomes using industry-standard guidelines that are relevant to the patient’s diagnosis. We collect outcomes data at four critical points:
- Admission to rehab program
- Discharge from rehab program
- 3 months after discharge
- 1 year after discharge
Collecting data this far after discharge allows us to see more than just a before-and-after picture. It also shows the durability of the outcomes. The more durable the outcomes, the better the client’s quality of life, the fewer emergency room visits and rehospitalizations, and the better the return on the time, money and other resources invested in the patient’s rehabilitation.