Tag Archives: health

What’s on the Horizon for 2017?

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“Predictions are hard, especially about the future.” Niels Bohr Nobel Laureate in Physics   Some would call it foolish to try to predict how the Trump administration and the 115th Congress will shape health care in 2017, but here it goes anyway! I think it is safe to assume that value-based payment is likely to survive, but it may look different in terms of structure. The HHS secretary-nominee, Dr. Tom Price, is not a fan of mandatory initiatives, such as the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) bundled payment program which began in April last year. The CMS Innovation Center … Continue reading

ENCOURAGING SELF-MANAGEMENT

In 2010, I attended a conference on exercise and physical activity in aging.  The programming, which was excellent, focused almost exclusively on the impact of aging on body systems, as well as the latest evidence on exercise prescription. This conference inspired me to pursue the Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults (CEEAA) course series offered through the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. At the end of the conference in 2010, the final keynote speaker posed a “so what” question to the audience. While the science supports everything we do as therapists in terms of exercise prescription, the keynote speaker asked, … Continue reading

Plane Crash or Car Accident?

This video caught my attention. Though it addresses medical errors in the hospital setting, it made we wonder about medical errors in all health care settings.   Safety is a prerequisite to quality and is defined as freedom from accidental injury (Institute of Medicine, 2000). Unfortunately, the U.S. health care system is far from safe. The committee in this landmark IOM report cited 98,000 deaths annually because of medical errors, or as the authors put it, equivalent of the death toll of a jumbo jet crashing each and every day in the U.S. However, this estimate appears to be grossly underestimated. … Continue reading

Communication Disorders Common in Older Americans

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During May Is Better Hearing & Speech Month,Infinity Rehab is spotlighting the importance of early detection and treatment for communication disorders in older Americans. Roughly 40 million Americans experience these disorders. Speech/language or swallowing disorders may result from medical conditions, such as oral cancer, stroke, Parkinson’s, or traumatic brain injury. Adults may also experience voice disorders or speech/language disorders that have persisted since childhood, such as stuttering. Hearing loss is among the most common conditions affecting older Americans. In fact, according to an AARP-ASHA poll that was taken in 2011, a significant percentage of baby boomers have untreated hearing loss. … 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

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

Infinicast Vol. 5 – The Future of Post-Acute Care

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  For this edition of Infinicast, Mike Billings sat down with Bob Thomas, PT, President of Signature Services. The two industry leaders spoke about a variety of topics affecting post-acute care in America. Topics ranged from the roll-out of Coordinated Care Organizations (CCO) and Accountable Care Organizations to upcoming legislation and how it will impact clinicians. There is a lot of great information packed into this interview. So, sit back and enjoy and let us know what you think in the comments!