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The Avamere Family of Companies Releases 2014 Annual Quality Report

Highlights of the report include overall nursing staff ratios that outpace peers, the use of nurse practitioners in post-acute settings, utilizing telehealth for therapy consultation, and 99% symptom assessment accuracy in hospice. Click the link to read the report: http://www.avamere.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Avamere-Family-of-Companies-2014-Quality-Report.pdf?pdf=2014-Quality-Report Wilsonville, Oregon, March 11, 2015 – The Avamere Family of Companies, a privately owned group of post-acute care and senior living companies, today released the 2014 edition of its Annual Quality Report. According to the report, 2014 was another strong year for its skilled nursing overall five-star ratings, a quality ratings system reported by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid … Continue reading

Take Action! Ask Congress to Cosponsor Therapy Cap Repeal Legislation

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Ask Congress to Cosponsor Therapy Cap Repeal Legislation Protect Medicare beneficiaries from arbitrary limits on outpatient therapy Take Action! Ask Congress to Cosponsor S. 539 / H.R. 775 Earlier this week, Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME) re-introduced legislation that would protect Medicare beneficiaries from arbitrary limits on outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology services that are often needed to recover from debilitating illnesses, such as stroke, or support the effective management of conditions including multiple sclerosis and arthritis.  S. 539, the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act, would permanently repeal the $1,940 cap imposed on physical … Continue reading

Infinity Rehab Director of Professional Development Named President of Oregon Physical Therapy Association

Derek Fenwick, PT, MBA, GCS was elected as the President of the Oregon Physical Therapy Association (OPTA) after serving as Vice President of the professional association for four years. In this role, Derek will continue to advocate on behalf of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants on a local and national level, grow the organization’s membership base, head strategic planning, leadership development, and succession planning. “I’d like to congratulate Derek on his election as President of the OPTA, says Mike Billings, PT, MS, CEEAA. “Derek brings a unique blend of passion for the physical therapy profession and passion for developing future … Continue reading

Ask Congress to Repeal the Therapy Cap – Support H.R. 775

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Ask Congress to Repeal the Therapy Cap – Support H.R. 775 Protect Patients Access to Outpatient Therapy Services Take Action! Ask Congress to Repeal the Therapy Cap – Support H.R. 775 With the expiration of the therapy cap exceptions process fast approaching on March 31, Representatives Charles Boustany (R-LA), Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Marsha Blackburn (R-TX) and Lois Capps (D-CA) have introduced a bill, which would protect patients and consumers from arbitrary limits on the Medicare outpatient therapy services.H.R. 775, the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act would permanently repeal the $1,940 cap imposed on physical therapy and speech-language pathology combined and … Continue reading

HHS Announces Timeline for Transition from Fee-for-Service to Value-Based Payment Models

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From the National Association for the Support of Long-term Care: On January 26, Sylvia M. Burwell, Secretary Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a significant new initiative to transition payments under the traditional, Medicare fee-for-service program to alternative value-based payment models. HHS set a goal of achieving value-based payments through the use of alternative payment models for 30 percent of Medicare fee-for-service payments by the end of 2016, and 50 percent of payments by the end of 2018. In addition, HHS announced a separate goal of linking 85 percent of all Medicare fee-for-service payments to quality or value … Continue reading

Influencing Therapy through Transtheoretical Stages of Change

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We are nearly one month into 2015 and I need you to be honest. Raise your hand if you have already begun to slip on one or more of your New Year resolutions. If you are like most people, your hand is in the air. I know I’m struggling with one or two goals on my list. However, like a good Physical Therapist, I’ve written down my 2015 goals in my planner (yes, I still use a written planner) so they serve as a constant reminder to keep me on track. As a PT, I am confident in my ability … Continue reading

7 Simple Tips to Winterize your Older Adults!

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This post is written by Mindy Oxman Renfro, PT, PhD, DPT, GCS Chair, APTA’s AGPT Balance & Falls SIGLead. The post originally appeared in the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy/APTA group and is reprinted with her permission. As winter approaches, the risk of falls to you, your families and your patients grows. Please help us to be proactive as a profession to prevent that first fall! Remember, when you treat an injury from a fall to also treat the reason for the fall! Here are seven simple steps that YOU can take today to make a big impact on falls … Continue reading