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Rehabilitation Services and Hospital
Readmissions: A Call to Action
By Jason Falvey, PT, DPT, GCS, PhD

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Solutions for improving physical function
while reducing hospital readmissions

Poor physical function at the time of hospital discharge is a major risk factor for readmissions. In fact, failure to improve physical function in the 30-day post-hospital window is associated with a 250 percent increase in the risk of hospital readmissions or death.1 Given this alarming statistic, it’s time to transform the way rehabilitation services are utilized during care transitions to ensure patients receive better and safer care.

In this white paper, Rehabilitation Services and Hospital Readmissions: A Call to Action, Jason Falvey, PT, DPT, GCS, PhD and post-doctoral fellow at Yale University, provides four innovative solutions for improving the rehabilitation paradigm during care transitions.

Readers will gain:

  • Actionable plans, frameworks, and tools for readmission reduction
  • An understanding of the vital role communication plays in care transitions
  • Strategies for redesigning rehabilitation care for underserved communities

1 Volpato, S., Cavalieri, M., Sioulis, F., Guerra, G., Maraldi, C., Zuliani, G., & Fellin, R. et al. (2010). Predictive value of the Short Physical Performance Battery following hospitalization in older patients. The Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biomedical Sciences and Medical Sciences, 66(1): 89–96.

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Who is this white paper for?

This white paper is an ideal resource for:

  • Healthcare executives
  • Managers and administrators in acute and post-acute settings
  • Clinical rehabilitation professionals

These best practices can be applied in the following settings:

  • Health systems
  • Hospitals (inpatient and outpatient departments)
  • All post-acute care providers

Meet the Author

Jason Falvey, PT, DPT, GCS, PhD

Jason Falvey, PT, DPT, GCS, PhD

Jason Falvey is a post-doctoral 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 and DPT from Husson University in Bangor, Maine.

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