The Safe Balance Program

The Safe Balance program is a standardized multifactorial fall risk assessment to intervention program based upon the findings in CMS-funded research, the CDC’s STEADI Algorithm, and governing quality measures (MIPs 154, 155 and 318). By basing our program design/implementation on the identified "best practice" method, the Safe Balance program has realized consistent results with the outcomes in published literature.

Through a standardized and simple assessment conducted through proprietary software, a clinician runs a patient through a variety of performance assessments and structured questions. During this face-to-face encounter, fall risk information is gathered in the following categories:

  • Prior Fall History

  • Medical Encounter History

  • Sitting/Standing Blood Pressure and Vitals

  • Pain Severity and Location

  • Urinary Incontinence 

  • Cognition

  • Usage of Assistive Devices/DME

  • Vision Exam History

  • Contrast Sensitivity/Vision Assessment

  • Endurance

  • Static Standing Balance

  • Dynamic Standing Balance

  • Functional Performance

  • Gait and Ambulation

  • Limitations in Safety

  • Depression Screening

  • Polypharmacy Notation

  • Presence of Chronic Conditions

  • Clinical Perception of Risk

  • Patient Perception of Risk

Following the completion of the assessment, the Safe Balance program automatically generates a unique care plan with evidence-based pathways to mitigate each risk identified. Upon review, the medical provider can then examine the most appropriate pathway to reduce risk in collaboration with the patient in order to achieve optimal restoration. 

The conclusive product of each exam is a 4-page report which highlights the areas of risk present, objectively quantifies the severity of those risks, and establishes an easy-to-follow pathway to success. These reports are then provided to the patient with a copy uploaded into the patient's EHR for reference of procedure. 

The provider then bills for appropriate services rendered and reports the appropriate quality measures for that patient.