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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

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Due to the increase in joint replacement surgeries and the prediction for these surgeries to become more prevalent by 2025, along with the implementation of the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative, a request has been made by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) for feedback on Pre-rehabilitation and Rehabilitation for joint replacement surgery. AHRQ is specifically seeking this information because decision makers are unclear about which pre-rehabilitation (e.g., resistance and proprioceptive training) and rehabilitation interventions (e.g., rehabilitation hospitalization, home physical therapy, or outpatient physical therapy) provide the most optimal patient outcomes with the most efficient use of resources. There is also discussion over the settings where these interventions provide the most value. Because of this uncertainty, a new systemic review on the effects of pre-rehabilitation and rehabilitation for major joint replacement surgery may be warranted.

RCPA encourages members to provide feedback to the key questions. The deadline to provide feedback is Friday, January 17, 2020.

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On July 19, 2016, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a report, Adverse Events in Rehabilitation Hospitals: National Incidence Among Medicare Beneficiaries, part of a series on adverse events in health care settings or harm resulting from medical care. This report cites that incidence of these events in rehabilitation hospitals is similar to that of acute care hospitals and skilled nursing facilities that has been reported in previous OIG findings. The findings from this report resulted from the review of a national sample of medical records from 417 Medicare beneficiaries discharged from rehab hospitals in March 2012.

The OIG recommended that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) raise awareness of patient safety issues in rehabilitation hospitals and other health care settings. CMS and AHRQ concurred with the OIG recommendations.