PHOENIXVILLE, PA — Tower Health announced that it ranked in the top 10 percent of 861 inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) that qualified to be ranked in the IRF database of Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR®, LLC) for cases discharged between October 2021 and September 2022. Phoenixville Hospital has held this prestigious distinction since 2016.
“Our rehabilitation team continues to strive for clinical excellence for our patients and the community,” said Rich Newell, MPT, DPT, President and CEO at Phoenixville and Pottstown Hospitals. “Being recognized for the seventh consecutive year clearly demonstrates their ongoing commitment and I commend them for their efforts to improve the health and wellness of those they care for.”
The rankings were determined by using UDSMR’S program evaluation model (PEM), a casemix-adjusted and severity-adjusted tool that provides facilities with a composite performance
score and percentile ranking drawn from over 80 percent of all IRFs in the country. UDSMR’s PEM Version 2 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) and Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Quality Reporting Program (IRF QRP). The goal of the PEM Version 2 Report Card is to recognize high-performing facilities for their delivery of quality patient care that is effective, efficient, timely, and patient-centered.
“Our team is committed to service excellence and ensuring the patients we care for receive the most up-to-date and evidence-based treatment,” states Holly Younker, PT, Director, Rehab Services and Program, Phoenixville Hospital. “Furthermore, the staff is committed to continued professional development as evidenced by pursuit and completion of specialty certification in the areas of stroke & vestibular rehabilitation, falls prevention, diabetic education.” Younker specifies, “We continue to utilize a patient-centered approach, with individualized treatment UDSMR and UDS-PRO are trademarks of Netsmart Technologies, Inc. planning, to ensure that each patient receives the highest quality care and attention to meet their rehabilitation needs.”
“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 thirty 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.”
This is the fifteenth year that UDSMR has issued these awards. The original 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 PEM Version 2 Report Card built upon the success of the original version, replacing certain effectiveness indicators with quality measures that were similar in nature and used in measuring IRF performance in the Medicare IRF QRP. The data used for this report was based on twelve months of 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 the UDS-PRO® database.
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