Activity Measure for Post Acute Care (AM-PAC™)

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AM-PAC™ Resources

Use the links at the right to learn more about the AM-PAC™ instrument and how it is implemented via PAC-Metrix.  To see the AM-PAC™ in action, take a sample assessment for free.  If you have further questions about how the AM-PAC™ could be used in your setting, contact us and we will be happy to discuss your options and how the AM-PAC™ can meet your goals.

Gain valuable outcomes data without cutting into treatment time

The AM-PAC™ instrument measures patient outcomes across a broad range of Activity Limitations, from orthopedic to stroke to TBI and SCI. It is easy-to-use for patients, therapists and administrators. It’s the most versatile outcomes tool you will ever use, because it covers virtually any diagnosis.

This lightning-fast assessment tool measures function in three domains: basic mobility, daily activities and applied cognitive. It’s ideal for quality improvement, outcomes monitoring and research activities in all post-acute settings: outpatient rehabilitation, home care and nursing homes. It covers a wide range of diagnoses and functional abilities. Patients can answer test questions themselves, or the instrument can be completed by clinicians or family members.

1. Meet Medicare requirements stress-free

Starting July 1, 2013, CMS began requiring Claims-Based Outcomes Reporting (CBOR) with all Medicare Part B claim submissions for outpatient therapy. The AM-PAC™ on PAC-Metrix dramatically simplifies this requirement. It automates the collection, analysis and scoring of outcomes data as well as determining the correct G-code modifier, so all you have to do is enter the scores & modifiers in your documentation system.

2. Free your therapists to spend more time treating patients

The AM-PAC™ assesses outcomes from the patient’s perspective — so it won’t consume valuable therapist time. Easy-to-use tools facilitate goal-setting discussions with patients. You also minimize the number of measures that need to be entered into the clinical documentation.

Patients complete the assessment before or after seeing their provider, so it never interferes with clinical workflow. All the data is centralized for secure, easy access by your clerical and/or billing staff, so you can meet Medicare requirements without bogging down clinicians with tedious reporting and data-entry.

3. Easy for the patient

Step-by-step instructions guide users through this fast, easy questionnaire. The PAC-Metrix AM-PAC™ uses Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) to complete a detailed outcomes analysis with only a fraction of the questions required by form-based measurement tools. The system uses a patient’s prior responses to select the next best question. This leads to a precise estimate of a patient’s function with just a few well-selected test items.

On average, patient registration and background information data are collected in 30 seconds and it takes only 2 minutes to assess each functional domain (basic mobility, daily activities and applied cognitive). The patient can take the assessment on a computer, laptop or a tablet. Family members or caregivers can also provide the answers when the patient is unable.

4. Raise practice quality

The AM-PAC™ promotes clear, insightful analysis of your practice outcomes. Staging charts show expected patient performance based on historical data. These valuable references give you a launching point for effective goal-setting. You also gain the comparative outcomes information you need to make productive management decisions that enhance your care.

Patient outcomes, demographics and histories are stored for you in a secure, HIPAA-compliant offsite server, so it’s maintenance-free for you.

5. All rehab diagnoses, all post-acute settings

PAC-Metrix is ideal for health systems that provide a continuum of care from inpatient to outpatient. AM-PAC™ assessment items cover a wide range of functions — from “rolling over in bed” to “running 5 miles.” So you can track patients’ progress across an entire episode of care, as they move from one setting to the next.

6. Hassle-free start-up — as easy as loading a web page

You can implement the AM-PAC™ on Pac-Metrix literally in minutes. There is no software to install or maintain. All you need is an Internet connection, a browser and your account information. The entire solution is quick to learn and easy to use.