VERA, Your CJR Solution

The imminent Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) mandate set to launch on April 1, 2016 will be forcing providers to examine their process of care and find ways to ensure CJR requirements are met. One such option will be implementing remote monitoring and tele-rehabilitation technologies, which is lending itself as an attractive solution to clinicians, patients, and health systems. This is primarily due to its potential to help clinicians keep patients engaged throughout their recovery from a total hip or knee replacement surgery.Here are some of the benefits healthcare providers will be expecting from the aid of remote monitoring and tele-rehabilitation.

Health Systems Can Control Post-Acute Care Costs

Many remote monitoring and tele-rehabilitation technologies are focusing on creating tools that enable clinicians to objectively measure how patients are doing in the home. By knowing how well patients are responding to their in-home exercise prescriptions, it is expected that health systems will be able to:

  • Gain insight into post-acute care utilization
  • Standardize rehab protocols that can potentially become more efficient and effective
  • Potentially transition patients sooner into the home
  • Enable more efficient utilization through rehab population management
  • Potentially extend rehab services geographically

Patients Will be Engaged Throughout Their Recovery

Remote monitoring or tele-rehabilitation tools show potential to provide basic feedback to patients, guide patients through their rehab exercises when a clinician is not present, and communicate with their care team while not having to be in the clinic. For the patient, this consistent interaction can have potential to:

  • Deliver a concierge rehab experience
  • Drive patient engagement and guide patients immediately after surgery
  • Provide high quality care with dignity in the environment patients care about the most- the home

Clinicians Can Enhance Continuity of Care

One of the most attractive aspects about remote monitoring technologies is that it offers many features that can enhance communication between the patient and clinician. Amongst these applications include tele-health, mobile apps, and motion capturing capabilities. With these multitude of features, the provider can:

  • Decrease hand off’s amongst other providers
  • See the entire episode and be able to treat patients from a peri-operative view
  • Properly set patient expectations before and after surgery
  • Be proactive with complications before they turn into readmissions and revisions
  • Enhance patient satisfaction and convenience by making it possible for the patient to interact with their clinician from their home
  • Improve overall patient satisfaction and HCAHPS scores.

by Ben Torres