Having the resources to help patients regain basic functionality while recovering from injury, illness, disease or treatment is an absolutely essential hospital service. If patients aren’t receiving the rehabilitation and recovery assistance they need while under a hospital’s care, it not only decreases patient satisfaction and outcomes, but it can lead to costly readmissions and other administrative difficulties.
This is the role of rehabilitation management for hospitals — to provide consistent physical therapy and rehabilitation for patients on an inpatient basis while coordinating with physicians, nurses and other medical professionals to ensure continuity of care.
While having rehabilitation management services at a facility is necessary, hospital administrators and executives know it can also be costly. This is especially true in small- to medium-sized hospitals serving suburban and rural areas, but it can also be true of larger, high-volume facilities. Unfortunately, while it is true that rehabilitation management is important for quality patient outcomes, it can also be one of the first units dubbed nonessential when it’s time for budgetary talks.
What challenges do hospital rehabilitation management units face?
From labor costs and equipment requirements to compliance issues, rehabilitation management has specialized administrative needs that don’t always scale with a hospital’s budget. From staffing quality therapists to properly documenting care and complying with regulations, rehabilitation management is often a bigger operational challenge than some facilities can handle.
Trimming these services can create a downward spiral where an internal unit operating on a shoestring begins to struggle even more, causing executives to further question the necessity of providing physical therapy and rehabilitation on an inpatient basis.
Hospital administration looking to provide necessary physical therapy and rehabilitation services while adhering to budgetary constraints, should consider the possibility of outsourcing their rehabilitation management to a dedicated contract therapy provider.
Outsourcing your rehabilitation services to the right dedicated provider should give you a partner who can support you in all of these aspects with decades of focused experience.
Contract therapy services with Alliance Physical Therapy Partners
Alliance Physical Therapy Partners has over 50 years of experience providing contract therapy services to hospitals across the United States. We are committed to helping our partners increase efficiencies, service offerings and revenue while reducing the administrative workload that typically comes with managing staff.
Whether you have a large or small facility, we can provide the level of rehabilitation management that is the right size for your budget, while making sure patient satisfaction and patient outcomes remain the highest priorities.
To help hospitals who require partnership in providing physical therapy and rehabilitation management services, we provide solutions in staffing, performance management, internal and external marketing, developing and expanding your programs and growing your market share.