We are focused on two things: the progress our patients make and the outcomes they achieve. This is evidenced by our industry-leading performance scores.
We want you to get better, and to make that happen, we need to know where you began. Upon arrival at one of our hospitals, we will measure how much help you need to perform basic skills – this is called your Functional Outcome Measures. Your rehabilitation team reviews these with you, set challenging but attainable goals, and designs a treatment plan to help you meet your specific goals. Before you leave the hospital, we will rescore your Functional Outcome Measures assessment to see how much you’ve improved, determine how well you have met your goals, and provide you the materials and training you need to continue your progress after you leave the hospital.
Do you know some of the key differences in requirements at Encompass Health hospitals versus the average nursing home?
Encompass Health hospital requirements include:
Do you know the difference in required physician visits?
Medicare patients in our hospitals must be seen in person by rehabilitation physicians at least three times per week. By contrast, Medicare patients in some nursing homes may not see a physician more than once a week or in some instances even longer.
Do you know the difference in required therapy time?
Rehabilitation hospitals require a minimum of three hours a day of physical therapy, occupational therapy, and/or speech therapy at least five days per week. At nursing homes, there is no minimum.
Do you know the difference in required nursing oversight?
Registered nurse oversight and availability is required 24 hours a day at rehabilitation hospitals.
Do you know the difference in required nursing hours per patient?
Rehabilitation hospitals require between five and seven and a half nursing hours per patient per day, while the standard for nursing homes is usually between two and a half and four hours.
Do you know the difference in patient measurement tools?At Encompass Health, we use the FIM® instrument to track our patients’ improvement. Developed by the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR), the FIM® instrument is the industry’s most widely recognized outcomes measurement tool. Nursing homes do not have this type of database.
Our rehabilitation hospitals comply with local, state and federal regulations, as well as the accreditation standards of The Joint Commission.
102 of our hospitals hold one or more disease specific certifications from The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program.
Some of our hospitals have elected to become accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
Our BEACON system collects data from all our hospitals on a real-time basis for predictive analyses to inform better care.
Our clinical information system ACE IT allows for the seamless exchange of patient information with all major acute electronic medical records systems.
Our TeamWorks initiative is a multi-disciplinary nationwide effort to identify and share best practices.
We are the leading owner and operator for inpatient rehabilitation in terms of patients treated and discharged, revenues and number of hospitals.