Tag Archives: rehab

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

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

Leader vs. Manager: Which are you?

Five key questions for health care leaders The health care industry is in constant transition. Transition requires movement, and movement requires direction.  As practitioners in a dynamic sector like health care, it becomes easy for managers making decisions to spread energy in multiple directions, create a feeling of progress without any results.  Effective leaders can make a significant difference in these moments. Clinicians are primed to be effective leaders.  Our education trains us to think problems through and find the root cause.  We spend a lot of time interacting with people.  We practice communication constantly.  We judge our impact by … Continue reading

Wheelchair Screening: How to Make Changes (pt. 2)

In the previous article – Screening for Wheelchair Seating and Positioning Needs – we identified individuals that could benefit from a change in their wheelchair seating system. There are several choices for a replacement wheelchair: Change to a facility owned unit Private pay option Request for a specialized wheelchair seating system through the Department of Social and Health Services Before you order a new chair, you need to determine why the current seating system is not working for the individual. Most facility owned wheelchairs are a sling seat-back style of wheelchair. This type of wheelchair is not designed for long-term, … Continue reading

Screening for Wheelchair Seating and Positioning Needs (pt. 1)

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This article is an introduction to the process of screening those long-term care individuals in our facilities that may benefit from a more personalized wheelchair seating system. You don’t have to be a wheelchair expert to determine when there is a need for better seating and positioning. As therapists, we are the best eyes in our facilities as we walk the halls numerous times a day to attend to our next patient. We have all seen the patients/residents who are leaning to one side with an upper extremity either hanging over the armrest or trapped between the armrest and their … Continue reading

Infinity Rehab Presented with NARA Award for Innovation

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The National Association of Rehabilitation Providers and Agencies (NARA) have bestowed Infinity Rehab with the coveted NARA Award for Innovation for their pioneering use of Telemedicine in physical therapy. This award recognizes the talents of a NARA member organization who demonstrates excellence in the creation of an innovation that has made a demonstrable difference in their rehab business. The NARA Award for Innovation comes after more than three years of developing the current Telemedicine model used by Infinity Rehab. In 2009, Tim Esau, MSPT, Director of Compliance for Infinity Rehab, began the lengthy process of lobbying for legislative change in … Continue reading

Transitional Rehabilitation Program at Christian Health Care Center Featured in Lynden Tribune

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LYNDEN – The Christian Health Care Center has partnered with health Ministries Network, an extension of PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, to provide complimentary healthcare support to senior citizens recovering from injury or illness. Representatives of both organizations worked together to develop the customized care transition program that helps patients return home as safely as possible after receiving medical treatment. The new program is modeled on the work of Dr. Eric Coleman, professor of medicine at the University of Colorado. “Studies have shown that providing additional support during transition times can reduce the chances of re-injury and re-admittance to the … Continue reading