Stroke Patient Rehab

The Journal of the American Medical Association reports a study showing health maintenance organizations, or HMO's, are more likely to send their stroke patients to a nursing home instead of a rehabilitation facility after discharge from the hospital.

The study showed the HMO's only sent 16% of their stroke patients to a rehab unit while 23% of other patients were so treated.

Survival rates were the same for both groups but other studies show the patients have improved functional status if sent to a rehab center.

More evidence that what is best for the patient is more important than cost.

I'm Medical Editor, Dr. Ted Castele, with the Medical Moment.

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