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J Burn Care Rehabil. 1995 Sep-Oct;16(5):539-42.

Quality burn rehabilitation: cost-effective approach.

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Regional Medical Center, Burn Center, Memphis, TN, USA.


As funding for health care becomes a national concern, and workman's compensation and private health insurance companies attempt to limit their expenditures in the treatment of the client with burns, it may become the responsibility of the burn specialists to create a cost-effective approach to quality burn rehabilitation. Our outpatient rehabilitation program has taken a cost-effective approach that limits the use of inpatient rehabilitation, emphasizes the burn team guiding the client to a quick functional return to home and work, and concentrates costs for therapy rather than room and board. This cost-effective rehabilitation approach emphasizes an intensive 6-hours-per day, 5-days-per-week outpatient program that begins immediately after discharge. In a 2 1/2-year follow-up of this cost-effective program, the following were identified. (1) A 40% reduction in costs for third-party payers and (2) clients returning to work an average of 4 months after their injury. In the cost-effective rehabilitation approach, 82% of the health care costs are concentrated for therapy. In the traditional inpatient rehabilitation program, room and board costs comprise 57% of the charges. Because it is the responsibility of the burn specialists to educate the health care payers, a program description to implement the cost-effective approach to burn rehabilitation is provided.

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