The PRAXIS Nexus Brainstorm: A New Pulmonary Rehab Option
Posted on October 09, 2015 |
Every few weeks, the PRAXIS team will present the community with a scenario designed to get us all thinking about inventive and original ways to approach everyday care and organizational challenges. There are no right answers to these; we simply hope that sharing our collective ideas will help all of us to expand our thinking and provide us with approaches and remedies that might not have been in our toolbox before the discussion. Let's get started with a situation that some of you may have encountered before: expanding a program with limited resources.
Scenario: Starting a new pulmonary rehabilitation program without additional funding
You are an RT manager working in a small suburban health system. You work with a very supportive administration that is open to innovative ideas that help your organization do more with existing resources. Given funding constraints, you are unable to build additional local pulmonary rehabilitation centers in your area. The demand for rehab is high; it will take seven years to see all COPD patients waiting for PR in your state. Assuming insurance reimbursement is there as well as adequate staff to see additional patients, how and where could you implement a pulmonary rehabilitation program in an innovative and effective way?