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09.24.21

Biparty legislation to recognize innovative medical research and rehabilitation care institutions

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced bipartisan legislation to support rehabilitation facilities that are leading the country in medical research and complex treatments. The Dr. Joanne Smith Memorial Rehabilitation Innovation Centers Act recognizes the unique role that a leading class of rehabilitation facilities play in our health care system, by leading innovative research across the field, providing a medical training for students and serving the most needy patients across the country.

“Doctors and researchers providing the best evidence-based treatments make a real difference in a patient’s recovery,” said Dr Cassidy. “Supporting rehabilitation facilities is a step towards returning patients to fullness after complex injuries. “

“Dr. Joanne Smith was a passionate and visionary leader whose innovation propelled Shirley Ryan to be the gold standard in her field. Like Dr. Smith, the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is a national treasure in the world of medicine. rehabilitation. This legislation recognizes and supports the work of the best facilities nationwide focused on cutting-edge research, training new health professionals and providing quality care to patients with complex and serious health problems ” , said Senator Durbin.

The bill is named after Dr Joanne Smith, who was president and CEO of Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, the nation’s top-ranked rehab hospital since 1991, until her death this month.

In the United States, there are more than 1,100 Medicare certified inpatient rehabilitation facilities. Among these establishments is a small group of rehabilitation institutions that are driving the future of rehabilitative care and medicine, as well as patient recovery. This unique category of inpatient rehabilitation facilities conducts innovative research to advance the field of rehabilitation care, train the next generation of physicians and treat the most complex conditions, such as head injuries, strokes, spinal cord injuries, childhood illnesses, war burns and wounds.

Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Durbin and Cassidy to co-sponsor today’s legislation.

More specifically, the Dr Joanne Smith Memorial Rehabilitation Innovation Centers Act:

  • Defines the “Rehabilitation Innovation Center” as a rehabilitation facility that provides care to patients with highly complex conditions, conducts multidisciplinary rehabilitation research and trains large numbers of medical residents.
  • Instructs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to disseminate best practices and lessons from these institutions and to conduct a study on the adequacy of current payment rates for rehabilitation innovation centers. As our federal healthcare system moves away from the fee-for-service model towards more value-oriented care, the study led by this law will shape reimbursement analysis for post-acute care providers and post-acute care providers. rehabilitation innovation centers.

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