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Contact Congress About Repealing Medicare Part B Therapy Caps

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Infinity Rehab is an active member of the National Association for the Support of Long-term Care (NASL).  The therapy industry is faced with the possibility of the therapy cap exceptions process expiring at the end of March this year.  This would have a severe impact on the older adults we serve every day.  Please read the notification from NASL and send a letter to your Congressional leaders requesting their support of access to rehabilitation services for older adults. Click here for the notification from NASL

Infinity Rehab Northwest Symposium – The Best Time on Earth for a Clinician!

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The title says it all, folks! The 2014 Northwest Continuing Education Symposium is shaping up to be one of the best events of the year for any practicing Physical,Occupational, and Speech Therapist. Derek and Mike sat down to talk about the finer points of this wonderful continuing education event. Topics covered in the video: Why therapists from across the country should attend the 2014 Northwest Symposium The amazing class schedule Fun and camaraderie as core concepts to the Symposium A new format for Sunday that includes guest subject matter experts in a round-table discussion on the changing landscape of post-acute … Continue reading

Infinicast Vol 4: Triple Aim, Rising Health Care Costs, Coordinated Care, and Therapists

In this edition of Infinicast, Infinity Rehab’s Director of Professional Development, Derek Fenwick, PT, MBA, GCS, sat down with our President, Mike Billings, PT, MS, CEEAA, to discuss a wide range of topics. Triple aim, rising health care costs, coordinated care and how those three issues impact therapists are discussed at length. So, sit back, tune in and enjoy the latest episode of Infinicast!

The Patient-Centered Medicare Meeting: Empowering the Patient

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  Imagine that you are a new short-term guest in a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) for rehabilitation and nursing services. After you move in, you go through the admission process. It includes  a lot of information, some of which you may or may not eventually recall; you are just happy to be out of the hospital and in your own clothes. Over the next few days, you go through the various introductory interviews with the SNF staff, including the dietician, social worker, therapists, and nurses. Many of these people ask you the same questions, leading you to wonder, “Are these … Continue reading

Social Media in Health Care: Make it Work for You

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“What do you think about health care professionals using social media?”   I hear discussion about this question often.  Opinions are wide-ranging, as are the statements in support and against health care professionals embracing social media. I’ve integrated social media into my personal and professional life gradually over the last five years.  I keep my LinkedIn profile up-to-date, I explore Facebook for a few minutes each day, and I’m closing in on 2,000 Tweets.  In the diffusion of innovation curve, I land as an Early Majority adopter on most innovation items.  This was the case for my social media experience. … Continue reading

Wheelchair Screening – Kyphosis, Kypholordosis, and the Flexicurve Ruler (pt. 3)

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In the third part of our wheelchair assessment series, we look at accommodating and measuring thoracic kyphosis – including a tool that is invaluable to the documentation process. Earlier this year, we looked at identifying seating and positioning needs (Part 1), as well as how to measure for a wheelchair (Part 2). Assessing and Accommodating Kyphosis Kyphosis is an over-curvature of the thoracic spine (middle segment of the vertebral column) which can lead to discomfort or complete debilitation. Similarly, kypholordosis is the curving of both the thoracic and the lumbar (lower) spine. Fortunately, simple adjustments for patients in wheelchairs can lead to … Continue reading

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