Outcomes Measurement and Management: Measuring Outcomes in the Acute Care Hospital Over the last 10 years, speech-language pathologists, regardless of the setting in which they are employed, have been increasingly required to justify their practice. Frequently, we are asked to justify the number of FTE (full-time equivalent) speech-language pathologists currently employed, the number of support personnel, or the non-salary expenses. ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2002
Outcomes Measurement and Management: Measuring Outcomes in the Acute Care Hospital
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  • Paige Nalipinski
    Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Carmen Vega-BarachowitzColumn Editor
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Healthcare Settings / Research Issues, Methods & Evidence-Based Practice / Professional Issues & Training / Outcomes Measurement and Management
Article   |   March 01, 2002
Outcomes Measurement and Management: Measuring Outcomes in the Acute Care Hospital
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, March 2002, Vol. 12, 10-12. doi:10.1044/aas12.1.10
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, March 2002, Vol. 12, 10-12. doi:10.1044/aas12.1.10
Over the last 10 years, speech-language pathologists, regardless of the setting in which they are employed, have been increasingly required to justify their practice. Frequently, we are asked to justify the number of FTE (full-time equivalent) speech-language pathologists currently employed, the number of support personnel, or the non-salary expenses. However, one of the most critical justifications we are asked to provide comes from referral sources, payers, and employers: Why should a person be referred to a speech-language pathologist? Do the services provided by speech-language pathologist make a difference to the patient? Functional outcomes have been the focus of much of the literature and research completed in our field over the past decade, and useful effective tools have been devised for capturing gains.
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