Study: Individuals Treated in Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospitals Have Better Outcomes, Live Longer

WASHINGTON, DC – July 10, 2014 — A new study recently unveiled at a Congressional briefing hosted by Sens. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) shows that individuals with brain injury and stroke treated in inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and units had better long-term clinical outcomes than those treated in nursing homes.

July 10, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – July 10, 2014 — A new study recently unveiled at a Congressional briefing hosted by Sens. Tim Johnson (D-S.D., and MedStar National Rehabilitation Network Victory Award® recipient in 2007) and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) shows that individuals with brain injury and stroke treated in inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and units had better long-term clinical outcomes than those treated in nursing homes. The study is the most comprehensive national analysis to date examining the long-term outcomes of clinically similar patient populations treated in inpatient rehabilitation hospitals/units or nursing homes.

Key Study Findings

Assessment of Patient Outcomes of Rehabilitative Care Provided in Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities and After Discharge conducted by Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, LLC, studied a national sample of Medicare fee-for-service claims data for a two-year period after illness or injury to compare the clinical outcomes and Medicare payments for individuals who received rehabilitation in an inpatient rehabilitation hospital to clinically similar patients in nursing homes. The study’s key findings show:

Over a two-year study period, individuals treated in inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and units on average:

  • Returned home from their initial hospital rehabilitation stay two weeks earlier
  • Remained home nearly two months longer
  • Lived nearly two months longer

Other highlights of the study include:

  • Inpatient rehabilitation hospital patients showed an 8 percent lower mortality rate than skilled nursing facility patients
  • Patients with five of the 13 diagnostic conditions – amputation, brain injury, hip fracture, major medical complexity and pain syndrome – showed significantly fewer hospital re-admissions than skilled nursing facility patients
  • Patients made five percent fewer emergency room visits per year than skilled nursing facility patients

To view the full study, click here.

 

About MedStar National Rehabilitation Network

The MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (MedStar NRH) is a regional system of rehabilitation care that offers inpatient, day treatment and outpatient services in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia.

The Network’s interdisciplinary team of rehabilitation experts provides comprehensive services to help people recover as fully as possible following illness and injury. Rehabilitation medicine specialists, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists work hand-in-hand with other rehab professionals to design treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs. Rehabilitation plans feature a team approach and include the use of state-of-the-art technology and advanced medical treatment based on the latest rehabilitation research.

The Network provides comprehensive programs specifically designed to aid in the rehabilitation of adults and children recovering from neurologic and orthopaedic conditions such as amputation, arthritis, back and neck pain, brain injury, cancer, cardiac conditions, concussion, fibromyalgia, foot and ankle disorders, hand and upper extremity problems, post-polio syndrome, stroke, spinal cord injury and disease, and sports and work-related injuries.

Inpatient and day treatment programs are provided at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital located in Northwest Washington, DC and at more than 40 outpatient sites conveniently located throughout the region. MedStar NRH is consistently ranked by physicians in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s “Best Hospitals” for Rehabilitation, and is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), with CARF accredited specialty programs for Amputations, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury and Stroke.

For more on MedStar NRH and to find a location near you, log on to MedStarNRH.org.