Establishing a solid diagnosis plays a significant role in the success of long term care therapy. Because planning for discharge begins at admission, the formulation of a strong diagnosis ultimately impacts every stage of long term care therapy, as well as residents’ overall outcomes.
Reimbursement for long term care therapy services is tied to the efficient delivery of care and preferred outcomes. The better the roadmap you have in a resident’s diagnosis, the better the outcome will likely be.
Diagnosis impacts long term care therapy outcomes in three primary ways.
1. Identifies the Types of Long term Care Therapy Needed
Residents may need long term care therapy for a variety of reasons, ranging from acute illnesses or injuries to management of chronic conditions or recovery from surgery. Each resident’s therapy regimen is individualized and based off of their specific diagnosis.
Some residents may only need a single type of therapy. Others, such as those recovering from stroke, may require a more comprehensive therapy regimen that includes speech, occupational and physical therapies to help improve overall function and independence.
From admission, Apex Rehab Solutions partners with Skilled Nursing Facilities for seamless long term care therapy, beginning with prompt, comprehensive evaluations and the formulation of initial treatment plans. Initial evaluations are conducted based on specific diagnoses, and treatment plans are formulated within 24 to 48 hours of a resident’s admission.
2. Identifies the Intensity of Long term Care Therapy Services Necessary
Just as a resident’s long term care therapy regimen is individualized to meet specific therapeutic needs, the intensity and depth of the regimen is also customized based on the resident’s abilities. Several factors, including the severity of a resident’s injury or illness and the resident’s overall health status, impact the therapy prescription.
For example, a resident who suffered an orthopedic injury and who was in relatively good health prior to the injury may be able to adhere to a fairly standard regimen of up to three hours of therapy a day, six to seven days a week. On the other hand, someone who suffered the same injury but was in poor health beforehand may need a schedule of therapy sessions with limited duration.
An accurate understanding of the resident’s needs and abilities in the initial diagnosis can help ensure the resident receives the appropriate intensity of therapy, ultimately improving outcomes.
3. Identifies Comorbidities That May Impact Long term Care Therapy
Comorbidities are another significant factor in a resident’s diagnosis. Residents of Skilled Nursing Facilities typically have a multitude of medical concerns, ranging from problems with balance and mobility due to muscle weakness to chronic conditions common among the elderly, including:
- Heart disease
- Pulmonary/respiratory disease (such as COPD)
- Sleep disorders
Because these conditions play a role in the resident’s overall health status, awareness of them and how they impact long term care therapy is important. Taking these comorbid conditions into consideration — and adapting therapy services as a result — helps yield positive therapy outcomes.
With a unique set of long term care therapy services, Apex Rehab partners with your center to help optimize resident outcomes from day one.