By Deb Bielek, Therapy Education Resource

Currently, several of our facility therapy teams have been supporting efforts toward identifying best practice approaches as well as new tools and resources available to help us continue on our path toward effective and efficient delivery of therapy to our residents and patients.   Not only do we see more and more specialty programs popping up where our patients and residents are receiving state of the art care and getting better because of it, but we are also finding effective ways to engage them in care throughout their recovery process.  Currently we have facilities who have been participating in Pilot Programs with focus on innovative care delivery systems partnering with technological resources, enhancements to our therapy software system, interdisciplinary assessment processes for measuring functional outcomes through Section GG, leadership of Restorative Nursing programs.

The following Pilot Programs have been used over the recent weeks to help us grow in our understanding of how these tools and approaches can help us succeed in our current operations.  We are excited to share some detailed results of the following pilot programs during our Leadership WebEx meeting scheduled for Friday, August 9 from 12:15 – 12:45 pm Pacific:

  • Jintronix is a PDPM-ready, “gamified” clinical product that is transforming the therapy experience in both Post-Acute and Long-Term Care.  The treatment allows therapists to enhance their skills by customizing specific treatment protocols for individuals, resulting in patients who are much more engaged and applying themselves in a whole new way and we’re seeing the positive impact on outcomes.  The results during the pilot program have been exciting.
  • Section GG is being used as part of our Quality Reporting System to demonstrate functional outcomes with the Medicare Part A patients, and we are expanding this outcomes tool into all of our post-acute payers beginning August 1!  Our recent pilot program with 9 facilities across the organization yielded best practice approaches to accurate Section GG reporting, which will be critical to our Case Mix groupings for PT, OT and Nursing under the new PDPM.  There are also some unique findings with the role therapy can play in the accuracy of these results.
  • Optima is creating tools to streamline documentation that is relevant for outcomes tracking, clinical pathway implementation and documentation that supports the Case Mix classifications under PDPM.  Hear about the exciting results so far as shared by some of our pilot leaders.
  • Do you use Home Exercise Programs to enhance your SLP, PT, OT service delivery?  Our pilot project with Medbridge is giving us the opportunity to incorporate the HEP experience through some unique offerings to our patients.  We are also beginning to integrate the idea of HEP as an extension to the therapy program by incorporating RNA support into the HEP practice prior to discharge.  We are analyzing our NOMS and GG Data to begin honing in on best practices for the HEP.   Hear directly from some of our therapists using these unique tools!
  • Is your facility struggling to maximize the effectiveness of the RNA program to achieve better results with your patients and residents?  Our East Texas Market has been trialing a new approach to RNA Management,  and we’ll be sharing more about the program, therapy’s involvement, how it works and the status of the early results.