Financial: Helene Smith-Gabai receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. She also receives Royalties from her AOTA Press published book.
Non-Financial: Helene Smith-Gabai has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.
Financial: Suzanne Holm receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. She also receives Royalties from her AOTA Press published book.
Non-Financial: Suzanne Holm has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.
Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.
Suzanne Holm OTD, OTR, BCPR
Suzanne E. Holm, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR is a licensed occupational therapist, board certified in Physical Rehabilitation, and educator with more than twenty-five years of clinical experience in adult rehabilitation and acute care settings. She is the Occupational Therapy Academic Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor at Regis University in Denver, Colorado and oversees Creighton University’s entry-level…Read full bio
Helene Smith-Gabai PhD, OTR/L, BCPR
Helene Smith-Gabai is currently working as an assistant professor in a master’s level occupational therapy program at Brenau University. She earned her OTD in 2004 and her Ph.D. in 2016 at Nova Southeastern University. Her dissertation study was on the discharge planning practices of occupational therapists who practice in the acute care setting. She is…Read full bio
1. Occupational Therapy Evaluation Process and Tools in Acute Care
In making discharge recommendations that are appropriate and realistic, occupational therapists identify what the patient’s needs are, what the patient and family values and goals are, what type of support system they have, and what their prognosis and rehabilitation potential is. That’s why an understanding of the OT evaluation process is important, as it provides information that helps the therapist determine their patients’ needs. This chapter reviews the general process of OT evaluation (i.e., formal and informal methods) in the acute care setting, and how the new OT evaluation CPT codes are determined for billing purposes.
2. Identify Readmission Risk Factors and the Role of Occupational Therapy Readmission Prevention
This chapter discusses why the occupational therapy approach is effective in the prevention of post-discharge adverse events and hospital readmissions by highlighting the findings of Rogers, Bai, Lavin and Anderson’s (2016) seminal study on occupational therapy and readmission prevention.
3. Fine-Tuning the Occupational Therapy Discharge Approach: Experienced Perspectives, Equipment, and Education
Chapter three discusses the different approaches that may be taken to discharge planning between the more experienced and the more novice therapist, and how these differences guide how discharge recommendations may be formulated. A discussion of qualified therapists' reasoning processes may be helpful to better understand the overall picture and make useful discharge recommendations. This chapter also covers traditional equipment recommendations and education provided to patients and families to best prepare patients for their transition home or to another setting.