Angel MedFlight and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Introduce the First in Series of Educational Classes for Healthcare Professionals.
“Rehabilitation Following Catastrophic Injuries: Where Do We Go From Here?”
Presented by Rebecca Brashler, LCSW
Director of Global Services at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
American Case Management Association (ACMA) National Conference
April 5, 2016, Breakout Session 3F at the Tampa Convention Center, Florida
Most of us are familiar with car accidents, whether it’s a parking lot fender bender or a multi-car pileup.
Emergency responders arrive and the damaged vehicle is hauled away to an auto body shop where the dents are pounded out and the twisted metal is replaced. The chassis is sanded, painted and restored to its original condition. Good as new.
But few of us truly understand how humans recover from such an accident. Some small collisions can induce whiplash with long-lasting symptoms for the victim, while others miraculously walk away from horrific crashes. An accident survivor may appear physically unscathed yet have a severe traumatic brain injury.
Every injury is different and every recovery is unique. That’s why it is so crucial for patients to receive the best possible care as they heal. Rarely does a “one size fits all” treatment exist. The appropriate rehabilitation therapy can significantly improve a survivor’s quality of life. However, selecting a rehabilitation program is not as simple as choosing a collision repair center. That’s why patients and their families rely on healthcare professionals to assess their therapy needs and guide them to facilities with the staff expertise and resources to customized care for optimal outcomes.
Angel MedFlight and Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) have teamed up to provide healthcare professionals with valuable information on the rehabilitation process with their first class in an educational series collaboration. The session is titled, “Rehabilitation Following Catastrophic Injuries: Where Do We Go From Here?” and will be presented by Rebecca Brashler, LCSW. Ms. Brashler is the Director of Global Services at RIC, helping patients around the world reach the renown facility for treatment. The class will debut at the American Case Management Association National Conference (ACMA) on April 5, 2016, in Session 3F at the Tampa Convention Center in Florida.
The class will help healthcare professionals strengthen their skills in evaluating patients’ rehabilitation needs, assessing available treatment options, and supporting family involvement. Those in attendance will also learn about the coordination of critical care ground and air ambulance transfers for their patients as well as strategies to work with their patients’ health insurance to secure pre-authorized benefit approvals.
After May 1, 2016, the sessions will be available online through two case management organizations. Professionals can find the first class of the series at the Pre-Approved Continuing Education (PACE) directory on the Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC) website at ccmcertification.org. Members of the American Case Management Association (ACMA) can also earn continuing education credit for taking the class online at the website acmaweb.org.
Rehabilitation from a catastrophic injury can be complex, understanding the process doesn’t have to be. Angel MedFlight and RIC are providing valuable insight to healthcare professionals so that they may guide their patients to appropriate rehabilitation programs because every patient deserves a chance to be good as new.