KVH has entered a three-year professional service agreement with Rehab Visions. Beginning October 16, Rehab Visions will assume responsibility for the management and employment of KVH rehabilitation services in Ellensburg, including KVH Physical Therapy, KVH Occupational Therapy, and KVH Speech Therapy.
Both KVH and Rehab Visions expect that services and access to care will increase under the new partnership. Rehabilitation services patient volumes at KVH have not grown for the past five years, and the services have posted financial losses in each of those years. Rehab Visions’ expertise in therapy services will allow for a thorough analysis of the unmet need for rehabilitation services in the local community, along with staffing and recruitment plans to address gaps.
“We will need to grow our rehabilitation services strategically but quickly to support enhanced access, our strategic initiatives, and the new vision for KVH. A partnership with Rehab Visions provides the best opportunity for enhanced rehabilitation services to our community,” said Julie Petersen, CEO of Kittitas Valley Healthcare. “We recognize that the right partner with the right expertise will serve our community better than our own earnest efforts.”
The new agreement sets forth performance standards for patient satisfaction, quality of care, how quickly patients are seen after a referral from their healthcare provider, productivity, and quarterly reporting on progress. It also outlines a transition for current KVH employees.
“This is the right path to expand services to our patients and our community, and has the full support of the KVH Board of Commissioners” said Liahna Armstrong, President of the KVH Board of Commissioners. “Ms. Petersen has negotiated an excellent agreement to minimize any potential impact on employees.”
All KVH therapists, therapy assistants, and office staff who work in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy will be offered their current position, their current rate of pay, and their current scheduled hours per pay period as employees of Rehab Visions. Accrued paid time off will be paid out or rolled over to Rehab Visions.
Professional service agreements are common in healthcare, and there will be seamless integration for patients. KVH has similar agreements for anesthesiology and MRI technicians. Physicians in the KVH Emergency Department worked under a professional service agreement until mid-2016.
Rehab Visions is a family-owned organization that partners with facilities in 11 states to provide rehabilitation services. Within Washington, Rehab Visions has relationships with the rural, public hospital districts in Ephrata, Prosser, and Aberdeen.
In addition to providing expertise in therapy-specific regulations, coding, billing, and documentation, Rehab Visions has a strong and successful recruitment program for therapists and therapy assistants. This is one of the scarcest labor pools in rural healthcare.