Angel MedFlight is teaming up with the #1 ranked rehabilitation hospital in the country to offer healthcare professionals a greater understanding of their patients’ journey of recovery. Angel MedFlight and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, ranked the nation’s top rehabilitation facility by US News & World Report since 1991, are collaborating on an educational series to provide hospital case managers and social workers with the skills to successfully assess patient needs, evaluate therapy options and coordinate critical care ground and air ambulance patient transfers.
As the rehabilitation leader, RIC sets the standard of care in post-acute settings through its innovative applied research and discovery programs, making the RIC team uniquely qualified to prepare and guide this valuable curriculum. Angel MedFlight’s extensive experience in critical care patient transfers around the world provides insight on what it takes to successfully coordinate and complete long distance patients’ transitions from facility to facility or even from a facility to the patient’s home.
Combined, the two organizations open a wide range of viable options for patient rehabilitation, giving healthcare professionals greater flexibility and opportunities to customize care based on patients’ needs versus geographic location. In addition, the class curriculum will offer helpful strategies to work with patients’ health insurance plans to secure pre-authorized benefit approvals for rehabilitation care, including in-patient therapy, outpatient care and the associated air medical transport.
“We are proud to partner with RIC to promote a greater understanding of the rehabilitation process and awareness of specialized therapies,” said Jason Siegert, Angel MedFlight President and Chief Operating Officer. “ We are committed to helping patients access the best rehabilitation treatment possible for optimal outcomes, regardless of distance.”
Classes will be available at select conferences and through in-hospital presentations. After May 1, 2016, the sessions will be available online through two case management organizations. Professionals can find the first class of the series at the Pre-Approved Continuing Education (PACE) directory on the Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC) website at ccmcertification.org. Members of the American Case Management Association (ACMA) can also earn continuing education credit for taking the class online at the website acmaweb.org.