Published on June 01, 2017

Regional Rehab Center at Phoenixville Hospital Ranked in the Top 10% of all Rehab Facilities in the U.S.

Phoenixville Hospital is pleased to announce that its inpatient Regional Rehab Center ranked in the Top 10 percent of 781 inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) that qualified to be ranked in the IRF database of Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR) in 2016.

“We are thrilled to receive this prestigious honor for our Regional Rehab Center,” said Phoenixville Hospital CEO Steve Tullman. “Our team is committed to providing each Rehab patient with exceptional, personalized rehabilitative care and being included amongst the Top 10 percent of Rehabs in the country is a great recognition of everyone’s hard work and dedication.”

Director of Rehabilitation Services and the Regional Rehab Center at Phoenixville Hospital Holly Younker is very proud of her compassionate, experienced team of physicians, nurses and physical, occupational and speech therapists. “We focus on getting our patients back to their best quality of life following an injury or illness,” she said.

Younker cited three of the key metrics that helped the Regional Rehab Center achieve its Top 10% ranking. “Our patients do extremely well as compared to national data,” said Younker. “For example, 86.2% of our patients were discharged back into the community, compared to the 76% national average and our patients were able to return to the community in 11.5 days on average, compared to the national average of 12.7 days. Also, our patients were able to show more functional improvement in a shorter than expected length of stay in the areas of walking or using a wheelchair, as well as in Activities of Daily Living eating, bathing, dressing.”

“To recognize the efficient and effective care it provides to its patients, we are pleased to present this award to Phoenixville 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 20 years of experience and data, UDSMR continues working with the industry to establish best practices. Development of the PEM Report Card has served as a tool to identify and recognize high-performing facilities, to work with them to learn how they provide efficient and effective care, and to share what we learn with others to elevate the performance of all. We look forward to working with Phoenixville 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.”

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.

This is the eleventh 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 12 months of 2016 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.