About this Validation
Kinesis offers two different possible commitments, depending on one’s starting position, that the Validation Institute has deemed to be valid. Due to the rate of falls in the elderly population, the comparison would need to be over at least 50,000 senior-years in both the before and after populations before a conclusion can be drawn.
If you already have a falls intervention and have been tracking falls using an objective indicator such as ICD9s, Kinesis commits to a reduction in the rate/1000 of falls, if the QTUG assessment is substituted for the current assessment and the total spent on post-assessment intervention is not reduced. (This assumes no significant change in average age or percentage of members over 80. However, changes in these variables can be adjusted for.)
Alternatively, if you do not already have a post-assessment falls intervention, Kinesis proposes that your senior population be split. Key demographics and history to be roughly equalized for this commitment are: average age, percentage over 80, gender (overall and in the percentage over 80), and history of falls. (Long-term care residents get excluded or can be included if indeed you have the opportunity to implement your own falls assessment in those settings.) If indeed you spend equal amounts of money/1000 on both groups prospectively on falls assessment and subsequent prevention for individuals deemed to be at risk of falls, Kinesis commits to a relatively lower fall rate in the Kinesis group than in the other group.