Episode 28: Why Outcomes Matter in CRT

Published in Complex Rehab on May 06, 2019

The Functional Mobility Assessment (FMA) tool is used to gauge consumer’s ability to function using rehab equipment on self-reported assessments. The FMA tool measures a patient’s satisfaction and ability to perform Mobility-Related Activities of Daily Living by comparing their new equipment to their old equipment.

“This [FMA] outcomes program will show evidence for what we already know; that the provision of quality and consistent mobility management and complex rehab technology increases positive outcomes.” – Dr. Mark Schmeler, PhD, OTR/L, ATP, Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh and co-developer of the FMA Outcomes Program.

We have all told our stories to referral sources, policy-makers, payers, etc. that as providers, our companies’ quality mobility management, especially for complex rehab, makes a true difference in increasing health and independence for our clients and reduces overall cost to the system. However, this reality has existed without the statistical evidence to back it up. We feel like we are “whistling in the wind”. However, that is all changing now.

Implementing the FMA Outcomes Program is a team effort with the University of Pittsburgh, VGM/U.S. Rehab, and the participating U.S. Rehab members and health care institutions.

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