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Physical Function as a Biomarker for Hospital Readmissions

presented by Jason R. Falvey, PT, DPT, GCS, PhD and Kyle Ridgeway, PT, DPT, CCS

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Reducing readmissions is a major goal of many health care organizations. Despite data suggesting that physical and functional factors are independently associated with readmissions, ideal care transition models and hospital readmissions reduction programs lack involvement of rehabilitation professionals. This course will outline the relationship between impaired physical function across the spectrum of care and hospital readmission risk. We will discuss the role of rehabilitation professionals in identification and timely management of functional deficits related to hospitalization.

Meet Your Instructors

Jason R. Falvey, PT, DPT, GCS, PhD

Jason Falvey is a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University. His research training focuses on disability and recovery for older adults after acute hospitalization and how physical function contributes to hospital readmission risk. He received his PhD in rehabilitation science from the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, in 2018. He previously received a dual BS…

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Kyle Ridgeway, PT, DPT, CCS

Kyle J. Ridgeway, PT, DPT, CCS, is a board-certified clinical specialist in cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy (CCS). He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Neuroscience from Pomona College in Claremont, CA and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. Currently, he is a physical therapy…

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1. Operationalizing Hospital-Associated Deconditioning as a Risk Factor for Readmissions

This chapter will focus on defining hospital-associated deconditioning and laying out the framework for how to approach this problem from a rehabilitation perspective.

2. Physical Function as a Biomarker for Readmissions

This chapter will review details of research surrounding hospital-associated deconditioning, post-hospital syndrome, and function/functional trajectory in relation to hospital readmissions.

3. Rehabilitation and Hospital Readmissions

This chapter will connect current issues and research regarding readmissions to skills and potential role of rehabilitation therapists.

4. Q&A

This question and answer session is a roundtable discussion on physical function and hospital readmissions.

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