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Discharge Planning Part 3: Understanding OTs Distinct Value

presented by Suzanne Holm OTD and Helene Smith-Gabai PhD

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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.

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This course highlights OTs' unique value in the discharge planning process. Through CMS requirements and AOTA’s support, the OT should provide an essential focus on client-centered care that promotes optimal functioning in day-to-day occupations and ensures that functional deficits persisting at discharge will be addressed. It also highlights the significance of OT as part of the interprofessional team for the discharge planning process. This course concludes with a discussion around ethical dilemmas as related to the OT Code of Ethics and discharge planning issues.

Meet Your Instructors

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…

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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…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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1. Occupational Therapy and Regulatory Requirements for Acute Care

Chapter one explores factors related to effective discharge planning, regulatory requirements, and OTs' role in discharge planning. The HOME occupational therapy discharge planning protocol is also reviewed.

2. Occupational Therapy’s Contributions to Interprofessional Collaboration

Chapter two discusses the partnerships, consultation, and communication as part of the interprofessional approach required for effective discharge planning in the acute care setting. Specifics of how OT can guide the patient and family through an elaborate plan are discussed.

3. Client-Centeredness and Ethics for Occupational Therapy in Acute Care

This chapter provides an overview of issues related to client-centered care within the acute care setting. A case study of a client admitted with a mild stroke highlights the importance of patient involvement in his/her plan of care. This chapter also discusses the ethical dilemmas that can arise when stakeholders have differing viewpoints as well as the impact of internal and external factors on discharge planning.

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Discharge Planning Part 2: Evaluation & Readmission Reduction

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This course describes the basic evaluation processes including formal and informal methods used in developing an OT plan of care and discharge recommendations. It also compares the different discharge planning approaches of experienced versus more novice therapists, highlighting the importance of clinical reasoning skills in formulating discharge recommendations. In addition, this course reviews the educational and equipment needs of the soon-to-be discharged patient and concludes with a discussion of the possible risk factors related to readmission and the role of OT in minimizing hospital readmission.

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