Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), in partnership with Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance, is developing an educational curriculum for healthcare professionals.

The series of classes will focus on the rehabilitation process and will follow patients’ entire transition of care from an acute hospital setting to a rehabilitation facility, including the coordination of ground and air ambulance patient transfers. Their aim will be to teach case managers and social workers the skills to evaluate patients’ rehabilitation needs, to assess the available treatment options, and to support family involvement, according to a media release from Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance.

The first class in the series, titled “Rehabilitation Following Catastrophic Injuries: Where Do We Go From Here?” was recently presented by RIC’s director of global services, Rebecca Brashler, LCSW, at the American Case Management Association (ACMA) National Conference in Tampa, Florida.

Following the initial class, Angel MedFlight is sponsoring on-site presentations for hospital case management departments in some states upon request. The class will also be available online through the Commission for Case Manager Certification’s (CCMC) PACE Provider Directory in May 2016, per the release.

“The guidance that case managers and social workers provide patients and patients’ families throughout their transitions of care is crucial for optimal outcomes,” says Jason Siegert, president and chief operating officer of Angel MedFlight, in the release. “These classes offer additional understanding of the rehabilitation process and available therapy options.

[Source(s): Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance, PR Newswire]