REHABS – NOVEMBER 2011 SNAPSHOT
On 7 November 2011 with a deadline of 11 November 2011, Concordat members were emailed the question “How could/does NDTMS* artificially lower your successful completion rates?”.
The overwhelming trend was patients waiting too long for referrals to rehab, during which their addictive disorders progressively worsened to levels necessitating the most expensive cost and care: hospital emergency admissions.
Examples from one rehab include:
1. Clients admitted so ill that they need hospital admission immediately: 2 clients were admitted and passed away in hospital 3 days later due to liver failure.
2. Clients admitted then diagnosed with Korsokoff’s so transferred to an appropriate setting (4% in 12 months)
3. Clients admitted with urgent medical appointments to attend during their stay; results of appointments were that their physical health took priority; placement cut short.
* NDTMS is the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System, and there have been ongoing concerns among providers and others about misinterpretations of data input to the system, and that this gives an inaccurate picture to government and taxpayers of how implementation does or does not reflect drug policy aims.