2013 UDS Recognition


HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona

Receives National Recognition For Patient Care

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona has received top recognition from Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR®) for the second consecutive year. The hospital ranked in the top ten percent of qualifying rehabilitation hospitals for 2012 and 2013.

UDSMR® is a non-profit group that evaluates rehabilitation hospitals on their delivery of quality care that is effective, efficient, timely and patient-centered. To determine the rankings, UDSMR® uses a system that measures the efficiency and effectiveness of a hospital’s rehabilitation programs. The system evaluates and tracks a patient’s progress through the rehabilitation process to document gains. This is the seventh year that UDSMR® has issued the awards.

In 2012, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona is pleased to report that:

The average length of patient stay was 13.7 days.

77 percent of HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona patients were able to go home at discharge.

92 percent of patients surveyed said they would recommend HealthSouth – Altoona to family and friends.

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona holds disease-specific certifications from the Joint Commission for its brain injury, spinal injury, stroke, cardiac and orthopedic rehabilitation programs.

“Our UDSMR® ranking allows us to benchmark our performance against national data and confirms our ability to help our patients achieve excellent outcomes,” said Scott Filler, chief executive officer of HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona. “The rehabilitation programs and services at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona help patients reach a higher functional level in a shorter period of time, which helps them to return to normal life more quickly.”

The data used for this report was based on 12 months of 2012 data, drawn from both Medicare and non-Medicare patients. The results were weighted and combined into a single composite score, and each hospital was assigned a percentile rank from zero to 100 relative to the 789 qualifying subscribers in the UDSMR® database.

About UDSMR® 
Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR®) is a division of UB Foundation Activities Inc., a not-for-profit corporation affiliated with the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. Founded in 1988, UDSMR® administers the world’s largest medical rehabilitation database, and its instruments provide the field with a common language and measurement tools for outcomes and functional assessment. CMS has adopted UDSMR®’s FIM™ instrument as the basis for the IRF PPS, and UDSMR® provides exclusive training and support to the agency.