NRS’s Post June 2016 Survival Guide #1 – Responding to Benefit Cuts

Effective June 1, 2016:

  • Those with serious non-CAT injuries will have only $65,000 combined med/rehab and attendant care.
  • Those with CAT injuries will have only $1,000,000 combined med/rehab and attendant care.

The NRS team has in place the following strategies, which will ensure the best use of available funds. 

Strategy #1: Case Coordination for the serious non-CAT 

  • There will be an even greater need for collaboration between the lawyer, rehab team, client and family to identify priorities.
  • To that end, NRS offers case coordination by experienced rehab therapists, at the cost effective, non-regulated provider rate.
  • As legal counsel, you can rely on our case coordinators as you do our case managers, with the only difference being that the case coordinators will focus on essential tasks- leaving the maximum amount for therapy. 

Strategy #2: Accessing public or free services 

  • Our case managers (CAT cases) and case coordinators (serious non-CAT cases) help families access all available public and free services. They are highly skilled at ensuring effective communication between public and private providers.
  • The result: cost effective, outcome oriented programming, with best use of the private funds available.

Strategy #3: Rehabilitation Support Workers 

  • NRS has over 50 skilled RSWs covering the GTA.
  • Travel time is typically 30 minutes or less.
  • Our coaches work under the supervision of our experienced OTs, PTs, SLPs, and Social Workers.
  • The outcome: high quality treatment that is also cost effective.

Strategy #4: E-Rehab 

  • NRS Case Managers, Case Coordinators, Therapists, and RSWs are using e-rehab wherever appropriate, meaning more funds go to treatment vs. travel.
  • The following can often be done effectively via Skype, Face-Time or teleconference:
    • Direct therapy, such as Social Work counseling.
    • Supervision of RSW’s by therapists.
    • Team meetings.
  • We also use the Cloud/Google Docs apps to ensure clients, families and team members have constant access to client schedules, programs, updates etc.

Strategy #5: Efficient, Strategic Reporting 

  • Our reports concisely document client progress towards their functional goals – ensuring the maximum funding for treatment vs. reporting. 
  • With limited funds available, setting priorities will also be even more critical: our multidisciplinary progress reports not only reflect our strong team approach but also offer cost savings.

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