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Season’s Greetings from Infinity Rehab!

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It has been an eventful year: sequester, functional G-codes, government shutdown, healthcare.gov, and now a budget deal. This month, the U.S. Senate voted 64-36 to approve a bipartisan budget agreement. The House passed the measure on December 12 and the President has indicated he will sign the bill into law. The bill includes an amendment that avoids a 20% reduction in the physician fee schedule (Sustainable Growth Rate or SGR) that was scheduled for January 1, 2014. It also extends the therapy caps exceptions process as well as the Manual Medical Review Process (MMR). Unfortunately, the bill is only a … Continue reading

Infinity Rehab Therapist Champions Telehealth Proposal

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  On November 15, 2013, the Washington State Board of Hearing and Speech voted unanimously in support of a proposal to allow telehealth supervision of Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) during their Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY). Angie Quesnell, SLP and Regional SLP Mentor for Infinity Rehab, submitted and championed the proposal through the process. Telehealth is the use of videoconferencing and telecommunications to support long-distance clinical care for patients or, in this case, other therapists. Once a SLP graduates from school, they spend about a year as a Clinical Fellow (CF) working to develop their skills under supervision of an experienced … Continue reading

Play to your Strengths in 2014

Every year Infinity Rehab gives an option for our employees to select a holiday gift. The item is a small token of our appreciation for all that they do. Choices range from an Infinity Rehab polo to a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association of America. We have added a new option this year. The new option aims to celebrate the individual, help each person enhance their course in the world, and is an investment in their personal and professional happiness. The gift is StrengthsFinder 2.0. I first learned about “strengths-based leadership” a few years ago. Since then, it seems I … Continue reading

Introducing: INFINICAST!

Introducing the first Infinicast – an easy way for Infinity Rehab to share what‘s happening and the ins-and-outs of the company. Mike Billings, PT, President of Infinity Rehab, hosts the first edition of Infinicast. In this volume, Mike introduces us to Infinicast, speaks about his travels to Washington D.C., and shares some of the great things the leadership team is doing outside of the company.

Legislation Affecting Therapy Coverage

At Infinity Rehab, we actively advocate on behalf of therapists and those who we serve. A component of that advocacy is relaying important information about the access of therapy services. Below is an update from the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living detailing an upcoming legislative change that may affect access to physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech language pathology services. AHCA and NCAL are supporting an extension of the current cap exceptions and have worked with a coalition of patient, consumer, and healthcare provider organizations to identify simple and practical process improvements that were submitted … Continue reading

Stacey Turner Joins LeadingAge Oregon Leadership Academy

Stacey Turner, SLP, VP of Operations for Infinity Rehab, will serve on the Leadership Academy for LeadingAge Oregon. The year-long assignment is designed to help aging services professionals accelerate their leadership development so they are better equipped to serve our field. The  Leadership Academy is limited to 8-10 participants per year, chosen through a formal application process to secure commitment of participants and the support of their supervisor/organization. The program is open exclusively to staff of LeadingAge Oregon provider members and Business Associates members. “I have a passion for aging adults,” says Turner. “My passion began at the age of … Continue reading

Encouraging Older Adults to Stay Active, Healthy, and Engaged

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Active Aging Week, which is organized by the International Council on Active Aging, took place across the nation during September 23-27. This event is a time to to highlight the diverse opportunities for older adults to stay active, healthy, and engaged in a fun and educational atmosphere. The theme this year was ‘Discover your Community.’ How Infinity Rehab participated in this terrific event: 1.     Organized a group walk with residents to the local Starbucks where all received a free cup of java. The walk included crossing a busy intersection at a traffic light – so the therapist was able to … Continue reading