Pulmonary Rehabilitation For Your Organization

The Facts About Pulmonary Rehabilitation:

Several studies support a reduction in hospital utilization following intervention with pulmonary rehabilitation:

12 Months Prior to Intervention with Pulmonary Rehab

Mean cost of COPD hospitalization (1994): $8800.00

Average LOS (2001): 1.2 episodes of hospital admissions per patient

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12 Months Following Intervention with Pulmonary Rehab

Mean cost of COPD hospitalization remains unchanged

Average LOS (2002): 0.6 episodes of hospital admissions per patient

Mean LOS: 3.3 days

**Pulmonary rehabilitation decreases hospital LOS for COPD exacerbation by an average of 50%.

**Pulmonary rehabilitation demonstrates a 42% reduction in likelihood of hospital admission over a median 25-week follow-up.

**Pulmonary rehabilitation results in >16% reduction in mortality risk.

Benefits to Your Patients:

  • Improved functional capacity
  • Increased ability to self-manage pulmonary disease
  • Improved adherence to positive lifestyle changes, including smoking cessation
  • Better compliance with medical regimen
  • Reduced anxiety and panic attacks
  • Increased self-efficacy

Select Respiratory Services offers the most cost-effective approach to the timely and efficient launch of your pulmonary rehabilitation program.

Benefits to Your Organization:

  • Dramatically reduce your rehospitalization rates.
    • 2013 U.S. rehospitalization rates (per Medicare)
      • Pneumonia = 20.1%
      • COPD = 23%
  • Other positive outcomes include reduced LOS, decreased ED visits and unscheduled doctor visits, improved medication adherence, reduced need for supplemental oxygen, increased inspiratory muscle strength, improved exercise tolerance, and improved QOL parameters.
  • Opportunity to expand your menu of services and programs.
  • Prepare your Program for AACVPR accreditation.
  • Evidence-based best practices and positive performance metrics will boost QA and safety measures and compliance with JCAHO, CMS, and other regulatory agencies.

Why Select Respiratory Services?

Select Respiratory Services specializes in the timely development and implementation of Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs. We provide expert consulting to organizations interested in reducing their rates of COPD and pneumonia readmissions through the application of evidence-based programs.  Let us help your organization by customizing the following programs that best meet the needs of your patient population:

  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation
    • Phase 1: Inpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation
    • Phase 2: Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation
    • Phase 3: Maintenance
  • Smoking Cessation Interventions
    • Inpatient intervention
    • Community-based smoking cessation classes

Our expert Respiratory Rehabilitation Consultants will customize the program(s) you need, coordinate implementation, ensure proper billing, train your staff, and provide support services after program launch.

Core Program Components:

  • Baseline respiratory and QOL assessments
  • Patient training: Education on disease pathology, medications, and overall disease self-management
  • Exercise: Strengthening, endurance, balance, and flexibility
  • Psychosocial and nutrition assessments
  • Billing and reimbursement training for your rehab staff
  • Follow-up reporting, including performance metrics

Please contact us today for more information about how Select Respiratory Services can
simplify your efforts to reduce respiratory readmissions through Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Defined:

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a comprehensive intervention based on a thorough patient assessment followed by patient-tailored therapies which include, but are not limited to, exercise training, education, and behavior change, designed to improve the physical and psychological condition of people with chronic respiratory disease and to promote the long-term adherence to health-enhancing behaviors.”

                             —American Thoracic Society & European Respiratory Society, 2013


American Association for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. (2013). www.aacvpr.org.

Carter. (1999). Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Beytas & Connors. (1993). Organization and management of a pulmonary rehabilitation program. Pulmonary rehabilitation: Guidelines to success. Lippincott.

Hui, et al. (2003). A simple pulmonary rehabilitation program improves health outcomes and reduces hospital utilization in patients with COPD. Chest. 124:94-97.

Man, Polkey, Donaldson, et al. (2004). Community pulmonary rehabilitation after hospitalization for acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: randomized controlled study. BMJ. 329: 1209-1213.

Puhan. (2011). Cochrane Review.

Spruit, M., Singh, S., Garvey, C., ZuWallack, R., Nici, L., Rochester, C., et al. (2013). An official American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society Statement: key concepts and advances in pulmonary rehabilitation. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 188(8):e16-e64.

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