In 2007, a group of concerned medical professionals in Washington D.C. were alarmed to learn about changes in legislation that could make access to rehabilitation more difficult for many patients including patients covered by Medicare.
They decided to forge a coalition of national consumer, clinician and membership organizations to educate patients, policy makers and other stakeholders about the superior benefits and better long term outcomes for people who have had access to the right level of rehabilitation.
This Coalition to Preserve Rehabilitation (CPR) brought together advocacy groups for the people who need acute medical rehabilitation most: survivors of stroke, brain injury, neurological disorders, spinal cord injury, amputation, multi-trauma and chronic degenerative illnesses.
Participating organizations include United Spinal, Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, National MS Society, Brain Injury Association of America, National Stroke Association and the Paralyzed Veterans of America, to name just a few.
Together, as CPR, these organizations have a powerful voice in Washington, and can work to address legislation, such as therapy caps, site-neutral payments and bundling, that could deny or obstruct access to rehabilitation for the people who need it most.
When patients are discharged from the hospital, they may not understand the rehabilitation care options they are entitled to. They may be referred to a setting that does not offer the benefits and superior outcomes of the right level, intensity and duration of rehabilitation care, whether the right level is outpatient, home health, skilled nursing or acute medical rehabilitation.
The goal of CPR is inform patients and their families about the superior outcomes for patients who receive the right care at the right setting that meets their individual needs for the conditions mentioned earlier, and to ensure that they have access to the to the critical services that rehabilitation can provide.
Through education and advocacy, CPR is committed to making sure that post-acute care patients receive the highest level of specialized care to which they are entitled.