Generally a one-therapist pulmonary rehabilitation clinic is at full capacity when seven to nine patients are participating in the program. In most busy pulmonary practices, the program will reach full capacity within three weeks of opening the pulmonary rehabilitation clinic. Depending upon the geographical region, a full capacity program can generate to the physician practice an approximate additional $130,000 - $150,000 per year (gross).
The four major components of Pulmonary Rehabilitation are:
· Exercise training:
lower body, upper body, ventilatory muscle training
· Psychosocial/behavioral intervention
· Outcome assessment
Pulmonary rehabilitation combines exercise training and behavioral and educational programs designed to help patients with COPD control symptoms and improve activities of daily living.
Goal development is a direct reflection of the potential of the pulmonary rehabilitation candidate. Short- and long-term individual patient goal development will include establishing realistic goals compatible with the patient’s underlying disease, the patient’s needs and expectations, and the program’s objectives. The pulmonary rehabilitation plan of care will incorporate and reflect these individual patient outcomes.
Patient Session Frequency and Duration
The 8 Basic Steps of our program are...
- COPD is responsible for more than 10 million doctor's visits per year and more than 2 million hospitalizations.
- In 2001 there were 13.3 million people dianosed with COPD:
• About 3 million- Emphysema
• About 11 million- Chronic Bronchitis
• On average only 10-15% of these eligible candidates receive Pulmonary Rehab.