Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital (EVRH) is pleased to announce that it ranked in the top 10 percent of 868 inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) that qualified to be ranked in the IRF database of Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR) for cases discharged between January 2019 and September 2019.
“We are honored for this recognition on behalf of our staff, that works hard to provide our patients the best possible rehabilitative care,” said Connie Longwell, CEO of EVRH. “The nurses, therapists, physicians, and case managers work together with one common goal in mind – for our patients to return to their homes at the highest level of independence possible. What makes our team so special is their caring approach and ability to connect with and motivate the people we serve. Our team understands that our patients and families are going through challenging times, both physically and emotionally. The team is able to bring a high level of compassion and commitment to work with them every day, and our patients and families feel that.”
The rankings were determined by using UDSMR’s program evaluation model (PEM), a case mix-adjusted and severity-adjusted tool that provides facilities with a composite performance score and percentile ranking drawn from nearly three-quarters of all IRFs in the country. UDSMR’s PEM Report Card uses the indicators of efficiency and effectiveness contained in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Patient Assessment Instrument (IRF-PAI), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ reporting tool for the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System (IRF PPS). The goal of the PEM Report Card is to recognize high-performing facilities for their delivery of quality patient care that is effective, efficient, timely, and patient-centered.
“EVRH has earned this award since opening its doors in 2008 (12 years). We strive to deliver this higher level of care as our standard and we consider it a privilege to serve Casper and the surrounding area with excellent care and quality outcomes. EVRH is the only free-standing IRF in the State of Wyoming,” Longwell says.
“To recognize the efficient and effective care it provides to its patients, we are pleased to present this award to Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital,” said Troy Hillman, Manager of the Analytical Services Group at UDSMR. “As the creator and caretaker of the nation’s largest database of rehabilitation outcomes, and with over thirty years of experience and data, UDSMR continues working with the industry to establish best practices. The PEM Report Card has served as a tool for identifying and recognizing high-performing facilities, working with them to learn how they provide efficient and effective care, and sharing what we learn with others to elevate the performance of all. We look forward to working with Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital and the other top-performing facilities across the country that rank in the top 10 percent to improve care in all inpatient rehabilitation facilities.”
This is the thirteenth year that UDSMR has issued these awards. The PEM Report Card was developed as part of a proactive solution to the Institute of Medicine’s 2006 recommendation to Congress that every Medicare provider be reimbursed on a pay-for-performance basis. The data used for this report was based on nine months of 2019 data, drawn from both Medicare and non-Medicare patients. The results were weighted and combined into a single composite score, and each facility was assigned a percentile rank from 0 to 100 relative to the other qualifying IRF subscribers in UDSMR’s database. The resulting distribution of the facility PEM scores for UDSMR’s IRF subscribers exhibited a normal distribution.