The Brain Injury Program at New England Rehabilitation Hospital was established in 1974 to provide comprehensive interdisciplinary rehabilitation to individuals who have sustained a traumatic or non-traumatic brain injury. The goal of the brain injury program is to optimize medical management in conjunction with cognitive and physical rehabilitation to maximize functional outcomes and facilitate a discharge to the community. This goal is accomplished through development of an individualized treatment plan for each patient by the interdisciplinary staff.

The Brain Injury Program is:

  • Differentiated by the level of neurology involvement
  • Comprised of specialized evaluations and protocols that provide sensitive measures of cognitive and functional recovery unavailable with standard rehabilitation assessments
  • Run by an experienced, dedicated and professional staff trained in traumatic brain injury, behavioral management and neurological rehabilitation
  • Augmented by group treatments, designed to correlate with specific points in the traumatic brain injury recovery spectrum
  • Committed to patient and family education via team meetings, monthly traumatic brain injury family education sessions, inpatient and outpatient support groups and the provisions of a family resource library

Program Components

A specialized interdisciplinary team provides treatment focusing on structure, consistency, and reality orientation. The program also emphasizes patient/family education and support.

Program components include:

  • Comprehensive Medical Management
  • Cognitive Perceptual Retraining
  • Leisure/Recreational Activities Program
  • Progressive Exercise and Functional Activities Programs
  • Community Re-entry Program
  • Behavior Management Program
  • Weekly Team conference/Family Conference
  • Case Management
  • Comprehensive Outpatient Neurorehabilitation Services

Eligibility Criteria (briefly)

From an acute care hospital

If a patient in an acute care hospital needs rehabilitation, the referral process is as follows:

  • A physician, case manager, or other clinician from the acute care hospital requests that the patient be evaluated by a New England Rehabilitation Hospital Rehabilitation Liaison.
  • The liaison conducts a comprehensive screening to determine if the patient meets criteria for acute rehabilitation. The screening includes a chart review, discussion with healthcare personnel, and a meeting with the patient and/or family to address pertinent information, concerns, and questions.
  • A referral is sent to New England Rehabilitation Hospital's Admitting Office to verify insurance coverage and, if necessary, obtain prior authorization from the insurance company.
  • The next available (appropriate) bed is offered to the patient. Often, this process occurs within hours but may be extended if awaiting authorization from the insurance company.

Admission from the community

Some patients are admitted to New England Rehabilitation Hospital directly by their physician, from home, hospital emergency rooms, or community agencies.
To facilitate a direct admission:

  • Call the Admitting Office (781-939-1875), and inform them that this is a "direct admit" from physician's office, home, ER, or community agency.
  • Fax the following to the Admitting Office (781-935-8637):
    Demographics (insurance information)
    Medications List
    Recent physician notes
    Most recent nursing notes
    Most recent therapy notes

A New England Rehabilitation Hospital Liaison will review the information to make a determination if the patient meets acute rehabilitation criteria. If the patient is clinically accepted the systems are the same for an acute care transfer. If a patient is being admitted from the community the family is responsible to make arrangements for transfer.


Rehabilitation is covered in full or part by most health insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. New England Rehabilitation Hospital has contracts with most major insurance companies and is willing to negotiate with other companies as needed.


New England Rehabilitation Hospital
2 Rehabilitation Way
Woburn, MA 01801