By | December 10, 2015

We see the shift from pay-for-services models to pay-for-performance models as the future of healthcare delivery in the United States. Training allied health professionals is a key factor for success in this model, and Keith Winsor, Product Manager for Rehabilitation Therapies at Relias Learning, explains how we can help.

The shift to pay-for-performance

Relias Learning’s courses provide information in the prevention and management of chronic diseases and conditions that can lead to a reduction in emergency care visits and re-hospitalizations.  This is an important part of healthcare reform which focuses on shifting away from a pay for services structure, where a provider charges for each service, to a pay-for-performance system, where compensation is earned from positive outcomes (or penalties for lack thereof).

Pay-for-performance (or P4P) programs provide financial incentives to clinicians for better health outcomes.  Outcomes like living longer are hard to measure, so this system instead focuses on process outcomes such as controlling blood pressure, managing weight, improving diabetes management or helping patients to stop smoking. All of these process outcomes are directly related to better patient outcomes and in turn can be applied as financial incentives for providers.  Also known as value-based purchasing, the P4P payment model rewards physicians, hospitals, medical groups and other providers for meeting certain performance measures for quality and efficiency.  Importantly, it also penalizes caregivers for poor outcomes, medical errors or increased costs.

A state-of-the-art partnership

Moving to a successful P4P work model requires education and compliance for all participants in a healthcare setting.  You can achieve success in this model with a standardized learning process that can be scaled to all staff, that provides centralized monitoring and recordkeeping, and that educates the staff to provide the most effective and efficient delivery of these services.  A state-of-the-art provider, such as Relias Learning, is the easiest and most cost-effective way to assure your company’s success in this rapidly changing environment.

When Relias Learning acquired Academy Medical Systems (AMS), Relias customers gained access to a rehabilitation therapy library with more than 350 allied health courses. Though AMS customers were primarily in the acute care market, much of this content is well suited for post-acute and senior care.

Accredited continuing education for allied health professionals

The Association of Schools of Allied Health Professionals defines allied health professionals as “the segment of the workforce that delivers services involving the identification, evaluation and prevention of diseases and disorders, dietary and nutrition services, and rehabilitation and health systems management.”  This includes physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, cardiac rehab, pulmonary rehab, dietary, diabetes, respiratory care, wound care, exercise physiology, among others.  While allied health does not include physicians or nurses, many nurses work in cardiac rehab, pulmonary rehab, wound care centers, diabetes clinics, nursing homes and outpatient centers and take our courses as well.

The AMS courses in the rehabilitation therapy library are recognized by a wide range of accrediting organizations, including the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC), the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), the Board of Certification (BOC), Physical Therapists from 45 states and the District of Columbia, the National Certification Board of Diabetes Educators (NCBDE), and many others (please reference your state’s licensing requirements for more details).  In addition, we are currently working with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and plan to add 19+ ASHA-approved courses to our catalog in 2016.

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