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Kyle Ridgeway

PT, DPT, CCS

Kyle J. Ridgeway, PT, DPT, CCS, is a board-certified clinical specialist in cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy (CCS). He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Neuroscience from Pomona College in Claremont, CA and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. Currently, he is a physical therapy clinical specialist in the University of Colorado Hospital and a senior clinical instructor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine's Physical Therapy program.

At UCH, he has participated in program development and analysis, contributing regularly to clinical training, department logistics, and operations. He designed and implemented an innovative quality improvement project in the medical ICU that eventually became standard practice. Currently, he is a main contributor to an interdisciplinary activity and mobility program being piloted on a general medicine floor. At CU, he instructs within the cardiopulmonary and medicine clinical track labs as well as the acute care elective. He lectures on evidence-based practice, professional development, and physical therapy in the ICU.

Mr. Ridgeway has treated within the confines of a randomized trial investigating early, intensive PT for patients requiring mechanical ventilation. He participates in research surrounding hospital readmission, physical therapy in critical care, and acute/critical care physical therapy practice. He lectures nationally on these topics as well as quality improvement and outcomes after critical illness. He maintains an active social media presence on Twitter (@Dr_Ridge_DPT) and has appeared on various physical therapy podcasts.

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Evidence-Based Rehabilitation to Reduce Readmissions

Presented by Jason R. Falvey, PT, DPT, GCS, PhD and Kyle Ridgeway, PT, DPT, CCS

Evidence-Based Rehabilitation to Reduce Readmissions

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Although individuals at risk for hospital readmission span diagnoses and patient populations, common sequelae of a hospitalization are shared. Further, the principles guiding interventions (e.g., focus and intensity) may be similar. This course will review specific direct patient care interventions and other contributions (e.g., communication, discharge recs, decision-making) for patients at risk for hospital readmissions. Case examples for specific diagnoses and patient presentations will be explored.

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Patient- and Family-Centered Interventions to Prevent Readmissions

Presented by Jason R. Falvey, PT, DPT, GCS, PhD and Kyle Ridgeway, PT, DPT, CCS

Patient- and Family-Centered Interventions to Prevent Readmissions

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Ideal care transitions and efforts to reduce hospital readmissions must involve the patient and family/caregivers. This course will introduce general concepts on engaging patients and families in discharge planning, care transitions, and self-management/monitoring post discharge. Concepts from motivational interviewing and therapeutic alliance will be connected to specific subjective information, patient/family goals, and patient education content.

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Physical Function as a Biomarker for Hospital Readmissions

Presented by Jason R. Falvey, PT, DPT, GCS, PhD and Kyle Ridgeway, PT, DPT, CCS

Physical Function as a Biomarker for Hospital Readmissions

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Reducing readmissions is a major goal of many health care organizations. Despite data suggesting that physical and functional factors are independently associated with readmissions, ideal care transition models and hospital readmissions reduction programs lack involvement of rehabilitation professionals. This course will outline the relationship between impaired physical function across the spectrum of care and hospital readmission risk. We will discuss the role of rehabilitation professionals in identification and timely management of functional deficits related to hospitalization.

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Care Transitions, Rehabilitation, and Readmission Reduction

Presented by Jason R. Falvey, PT, DPT, GCS, PhD and Kyle Ridgeway, PT, DPT, CCS

Care Transitions, Rehabilitation, and Readmission Reduction

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Ideal care transition models and programs lack rehabilitation professionals. This course will connect current best practices for care transitions to specific recommendations for how rehabilitation professionals can integrate into currently designed programs. Optimal rehabilitation management will be covered, spanning both acute and post-acute care.

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Overview of Hospital Readmission Reduction Programs: Relevance to Rehabilitation Providers

Presented by Jason R. Falvey, PT, DPT, GCS, PhD and Kyle Ridgeway, PT, DPT, CCS

Overview of Hospital Readmission Reduction Programs: Relevance to Rehabilitation Providers

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Hospital readmissions have become an important patient, hospital, and health care issue. Ideal care transition models have been proposed but do not include rehabilitation therapists. Physical function is independently associated with hospital readmission risk, yet little evidence links rehabilitation to reduced readmissions. This overview course will frame the problem of hospital readmissions, present current care transition models, and then outline risk factors for readmissions. Lastly, we will propose how rehab professionals can fit into efforts to reduce readmissions and improve care transitions.

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