It’s all about measuring outcomes.
Outcomes Measurement (also referred to as “Feedback Informed Treatment” or “Evidence-Based Care) refers to the practice of providing psychotherapy treatment that is informed by repeated administrations of patient-reported treatment outcomes. Feedback Informed Treatment was recently listed by SAMHSA as a recognized evidence based practice. Feedback informed treatment is also variously referred to as outcomes informed care, outcomes management, patient focused care. All imply the use of patient self-report questionnaires, combined with feedback, to enable improvement in outcomes… from the patients’ perspective.
How Outcomes Measurement Works.
Measuring outcomes is a recognized evidence-based practice that supports patient-facing assessments and may be administered online via a tablet or smartphone for instant feedback. This method requires that patients complete a self-report questionnaire to provide feedback on the treatment that they receive. The goal of collecting feedback from patients is to evaluate the quality of services provided to them and to adjust ongoing treatment to ensure that the patient receives the maximum benefit and improved outcomes.
Measuring progress and outcomes is necessary to judge the appropriateness of specific treatment modalities and programs used to treat patients.
Measuring progress and outcomes is required by The Joint Commission and strongly recommended by the Kennedy Forum and dozens of other experts in the field. Measuring progress and outcomes is required by many large scale providers such as the VA Health System, The U.S. Army and others. This method will be a requirement by CMS, insurance payors and other accreditation agencies.
The Fast, Easy–and Accredited–Surveys.
Questionnaires are sent to patients via a fast, easy and secure, HIPAA compliant messaging platform. Patients may complete the questionnaires on any electronic device, usually a tablet or smartphone, and send it back to be evaluated. Patients complete the questionnaire consisting of 4-17 questions based on the FIT program that is selected. Depending on predetermined requirements, the FIT questionnaire may be administered on a monthly or weekly basis.
The Brief Addiction Monitor (BAM)
BAM-IOP Intensive Outpatient I BAM-R Retrospective
The BAM is a 17-item, multidimensional questionnaire, designed to be administered as a clinical interview (in-person or telephonically) or via patient self-report, for all patients seeking or enrolled in SUD specialty care. It retrospectively assesses (past 30 days) three SUD-related domains: risk factors for substance use, protective factors that support sobriety, and drug and alcohol use. Items were selected for inclusion in the BAM based on their presence in existing SUD measures and/or on empirical support for their reliable and valid assessment of SUD relapse risk and treatment outcome. Each item ranges in value from zero to 30, the use score ranges from zero to 90, and the risk and protective factor scores range from zero to 180.
The Generalized Anxiety Disorder 7-item (GAD-7) is a easy to perform initial screening tool for generalized anxiety disorder.
The PHQ-9 is a multipurpose instrument for screen, diagnosing, monitoring and measuring the severity of depression. The assessment may be completed by the patient in a matter of minutes and rapidly shred by the clinician. Repetition of the assessment can reflect improvement or worsening of depression in response to treatment.
AED V 4 Eating Disorders
A brief, simple, and validated questionnaire is available to primary care providers to determine if their patients are exhibiting symptoms of an eating disorder.
CEST Assessments/Texas Christian University
A family of 4 self-report assessments monitor client needs and progress in these areas: Treatment motivation, psychological functioning, social functioning, and clinical engagement scales administered throughout treatment to help planning of services and track client changes over time.
DASS-21: Depression Anxiety Stress Scales
The Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale is a set of three self-report scales designed to measure the emotional states of depression, anxiety and stress.
RAS: Recovery Assessment Scale
The 41-item RAS is a commonly used recovery measure in research and is used in clinical settings to assess an individual’s current state of recovery and improvement over time. The assessment is typically performed on admission and at discharge.
Better data. Better care. Better Outcomes. Higher Reimbursements.
Measuring Outcomes is necessary to judge the appropriateness of specific treatment modalities and programs used to treat patients and is required by accredited agencies. Recommended by the Kennedy Forum and by many largescale providers such as the VA Health System, the U.S. Army and CMS, insurance payors/accreditation agencies. The bottom line: the tools included within the KipuEMR empower you with the ability to measure outcomes quickly and modify treatment to improve care, critical as payors begin to authorize treatment at facilities with documented quality and measured outcomes.
Administering Assessments Using
Smartphones and Tablets
Studies show that patients will tell a smartphone or tablet device more than they often tell their therapist — especially when it comes to treatment progress. Given the opportunity to answer a survey on an iPad or smartphone, the answers are often more truthful. The Kipu survey generates immediate results and helps to improve treatment progress and outcomes.
Kipu includes a library of approved assessments, proven to assist treatment professionals in providing better care and achieve improved outcomes. Published findings indicate that outcomes in treatment improve 70% to 350% using “Feedback Informed Treatment;” short patient surveys during and after treatment lead to optimization of the Treatment Plan and AfterCare.
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