RATC adopts rehab standards

Sunday, October 5, 2003

October 6, 2003

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - AAHomecare’s rehab council has adopted a package of 15 standards and protocols intended to provide guidance in how rehab companies should operate and serve their clients.

The voluntary standards, adopted last month, are separate from RATC’s work to establish a rehab accreditation program. The rehab council put that effort on hold, pending a resolution of Congress’s attempt at Medicare reform, which includes a proposal for mandatory HME accreditation. RATC didn’t want to develop a rehab accreditation program only to have it scuttled by a federal requirement.

The standards include the following:

- Rehabilitation technology companies should provide cost-effective options and choices to meet the goals and objectives set by and for the consumer.

- Rehabilatation technology companies should inform the consumer or family of their financial obligations and the requirements for reimbursement through third party funding.

- Rehabilatation technology companies should maintain adequate levels of general liability insurance for products and services provided.

- Rehabilatation technology companies should be accredited or establish and enforce polices and procedures that meet or exceed those of nationally recognized accreditation bodies.

- Rehabilatation technology companies should employ qualified rehabilitation technology suppliers (RTS).