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08.19.14

Riverside Participates in Developing National Brain Injury Standards of Care

Dedham, MA – The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is teaming up with the Brain Injury Research Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on a three-year investigation to develop treatment guidelines for people with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). Riverside Community Care is proud to announce that Thomas Hall, our Associate Division Director for Clinical Services , will be joining a team of “fifty of the nation’s top researchers and clinicians,” on this investigation. He will serve on the Behavioral Panel chaired by Jennifer Bogner, Ph.D., ABBP.

At present there are no universal guidelines regarding how much rehabilitation adult patients with moderate to severe TBI should receive, in what setting, and at what time frame. Individuals who sustain TBIs rarely have access to rehabilitation of sufficient timing, scope, duration, and intensity that would allow them to recover to the maximum extent possible.

Hall has been selected due to his 30 years of experience in the field of applied behavior analysis, including 25 years with individuals recovering from brain injury and is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer, presenting at numerous conferences.

Hall will be working with other leaders in the field to:
1. Identify and fully describe the continuum of care available following TBI;
2. Determine the evidence for various rehabilitative treatments and, based on that evidence and/or expert opinion, make recommendations for treatment and management in various settings;
3. Produce a document that supports improvements in the quality and consistency of rehabilitation treatment; and
4. Broadly disseminate the recommendations to payer, provider, patient and advocacy communities in an effort to increase access to and quality of care

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