Case Tracking

Written by Kimberly Clark
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What is case tracking? Well, the answer certainly depends on who you ask. However, if you were to ask someone in the rehabilitation industry, it would probably mean following the status of an individual from the initial assignment of the case to the caseworker until all the goals of the prescribed program are achieved.

In the rehabilitation sector, the term case tracking is also commonly called rehab management. This particular style of management is often used in rehab agencies like skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, and public and private practice clinics to monitor a patients or clients' progress to individualized courses of rehabilitation therapy. The treatments administered typically consist of physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language pathology.

Data Collection, Analysis and Reporting

The process of case tracking first involves collecting information like patient admission data, treatment plans, therapy schedules, and test results. This information is then analyzed and evaluated against pre-determined outcome measures to see how well the person is progressing. Depending on the results of the analysis, the course of treatment is adjusted to suit the person's individual service plan.

Generally, case tracking also involves preparing productivity reports provide to clients or other agencies that might be funding their work. These reports typically list all the treatments the client has undergone, when they were rendered, and how the client responded to the treatment. These reports are often used by the rehab specialist as a basis for deciding if the client needs to continue or discontinue their present course of therapy.

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