SAN DIEGO – Dr. Joe Smith of Reflexion Health saw an idea to make home health care more accessible and affordable for rehabilitation, and got some unlikely help from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
CMS’s Comprehensive Care for Join Replacement Model tests bundled payment and quality measurement for hip and knee replacements to encourage hospitals, physicians and post-acute care providers to work together to improve the quality and coordination of care from the initial hospitalization through recovery.
Smith sees VERA, a virtual rehabilitation platform to deliver physical therapy following total knee replacement surgery, as a way to make that model work.
“The CMS joint replacement model was really the wind beneath our wings in terms of commercial interest,” said Smith, CEO of Reflexion Health.
VERA is based on Microsoft Kinect’s motion-tracking technology and provides interactive feedback and educational information to patients during physical therapy. The system
coaches patients through their rehab exercises, monitors their performance and enables physical therapists and physicians to track a patient’s progress.
Reflexion Health is building on the commercial interest in VERA with a study at the Duke Clinical Research Institute to evaluate the effectiveness of VERA. Smith is hoping the study will prove what he’s been saying all along—“VERA is a cost-effective, scalable and effective option for improving compliance and recovery in home-based physical therapy,” he said.
“If you look at a lot of what happens in rehab, there’s coaching and education, and a lot of this can be done at home, provided there’s a continuous link to a health care professional,” Smith said.