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5 rules of the rehab screen

5 rules of the rehab screen

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What is the purpose of a rehabilitation screen? Very simply, we attempt to identify long-term residents' needs and possible rehab potential. Somehow, we don't really have an industry standard on what should take place during a screen.

Dedicated observation stay units could protect nursing home benefits, save hospitals $1 billion annually, researchers say

Dedicated observation stay units could protect nursing home benefits, save hospitals $1 billion annually, researchers say

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Specialized hospital units for patients under observation status could dramatically reduce the number of seniors forced to pay out-of-pocket for skilled nursing care, according to findings in the current issue of Health Affairs.

'Virtual hands' take stroke rehabilitation into a new realm, researchers believe

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3-D glasses soon might be seen in long-term care facilities as well as movie theaters, thanks to a potential breakthrough in stroke rehabilitation. Stroke survivors in a study successfully used a virtual reality system to activate parts of their brain linked to motor skills, researchers recently announced.

Survey: Average long-term care nurse leader salary reaches $73,000

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Nurse leaders working in long-term care settings will earn an average yearly salary of $73,200 in 2013, according to a recent survey by Nursing Management magazine. Nurse leaders in subacute and rehabilitation care have seen their salaries increase dramatically since 2010, the survey shows.

Man used false identity to work at nursing home for 6 years, authorities charge

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A man used a false identity to gain employment at a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility where he worked for six years, authorities in Tennessee have charged.

Skilled nursing facilities: The triple threat of healthcare

Skilled nursing facilities: The triple threat of healthcare

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To say skilled nursing facilities have come a long way would be, well, surprisingly refreshing. Public opinion polls show there is still a wide-spread misunderstanding of what SNFs do, how they are paid for what they do, and why it is so important to preserve the setting.

Strokes drastically reduce quality of life, showing need for better care systems, researchers say

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The system of post-stroke care warrants increased attention in light of a study showing people have poor quality of life in the years following a stroke, according to researchers.

All stroke patients should have access to rehabilitation, skilled nursing care: American Heart Association

All stroke patients should have access to rehabilitation, skilled nursing care: American Heart Association

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Every person who has a stroke should have access to needed rehabilitation and skilled nursing services regardless of how they are financing their healthcare, according to a new policy recommendation from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

'Teachback' as a tool in rehospitalizations

'Teachback' as a tool in rehospitalizations

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When I was a child, I had various non-life-threatening medical problems. Any treatment involved a lengthy discussion with my healthcare provider. Which is why I started laughing when I came across an example Mark V. Williams, M.D., a professor at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, uses to explain "teachback.

How to document for rehabilitation work objectively

How to document for rehabilitation work objectively

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As the scrutiny continues to increase on rehabilitation documentation, finding ways to document objectively has become a major focus for just about everyone involved.

Time is limited for ACO deals

Time is limited for ACO deals

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By negotiating now, a nursing home can have a strong voice in an Accountable Care Organization. Otherwise, ACOs will come to nursing homes in two or three years with a "take it or leave it" proposition, according to John Durso, a partner at the law firm of Ungaretti & Harris LLP and a McKnight's Expert columnist.

Nursing homes' strong negotiating position with ACOs will not last long, legal expert says

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Skilled nursing facilities that delay joining an Accountable Care Organization will likely be losers in the healthcare marketplace, according to John Durso, a partner at the law firm of Ungaretti & Harris LLP. Durso recently offered tips for nursing homes that are negotiating to join an integrated care network.

Left brain language function is linked to better post-stroke recovery from aphasia, researchers find

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After a stroke, adults rely on their left hemisphere to preserve language function or recovery, new research suggests. This discovery could open up new rehabilitation strategies, researchers say.

Nursing home company reaches $2.7 million settlement in therapy billing case

Nursing home company reaches $2.7 million settlement in therapy billing case

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Tennessee-based nursing home operator Grace Healthcare LLC will pay the federal government more than $2.7 million, settling charges that Grace violated the False Claims Act by billing Medicare for unnecessary rehabilitation therapy.

On the job for 6 decades

On the job for 6 decades

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Over the past 63 years, 11 presidents have come and gone, wars have been won and lost, and the long-term care industry has experienced a roller-coaster of changes. But one thing has remained consistent: Nora Morant has served residents at Charles Morris Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of the Jewish Association on Aging.

Upon further review

Upon further review

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Instead of spending more time doing hands-on patient care, therapists who work with Medicare beneficiaries have been strapped with increased administrative tasks, sometimes leading to delayed services, or worse.

Changing therapy trends spark launch of new company

Changing therapy trends spark launch of new company

It's no secret health care is changing and that we, as professionals, need to be a part of that change to improve the overall system. Part of this improvement involves helping patients quickly return home after a visit to the hospital, and doing all we can so they do not have to return. Therapy can help with both of these goals.

Life Care Centers of America denies massive Medicare fraud charges; judge criticizes feds in secret whistleblower case

Life Care Centers of America denies massive Medicare fraud charges; judge criticizes feds in secret whistleblower case

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A U.S. District Judge has called federal prosecutors' years-long delay in announcing a Medicare fraud case involving one of the nation's largest nursing home companies "absurd."

Administration proposal would ease Medicare coverage for SNF stays

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Federal health officials have agreed to changes in Medicare coverage rules that would make it easier for beneficiaries with chronic conditions to qualify for nursing home stays, outpatient therapy and home healthcare services, according to reports.

Medicare overpaid inpatient rehab facilities by $8.4 million, OIG says

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Inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) were overpaid by Medicare by $8.4 million between calendar year 2009 and 2010, a government report reveals.

Provider group pushes for observation stay loophole fix

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A long-term care group is urging regulators to continue work on fixing the "observation stay loophole" that makes it harder for Medicare beneficiaries to get nursing home care.

Kneed to know basis

Kneed to know basis

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What do professional athletes, teachers and healthcare workers have in common? In addition to being in professions with a lot of pressure, they're all putting lots of pressure on their knees.

Kneed to know basis

Kneed to know basis

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What do professional athletes, teachers and healthcare workers have in common? In addition to being in professions with a lot of pressure, they're all putting lots of pressure on their knees.

Therapy robots a success with recovering stroke victims, research finds

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An experimental "socially assistive" robot has been shown to get better results in elderly rehabilitation patients than human therapists, preliminary research finds.

Eastern vs. Western standards of practice

Eastern vs. Western standards of practice

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The theory of improving function in China is overshadowed by the focus on comfort, reducing pain, and providing as much rest as possible. From a cultural standpoint, the family dynamics are very different from our American experiences.

Therapy cap exceptions process must be extended, advocates urge

Members of a Congressional conference committee need to authorize the longest possible exceptions extension for Medicare Part B therapy services, according to a coalition of therapy advocates.

Nursing home quality measures should address short-stay rehab residents, group says

The set of quality measures used on Medicare's Nursing Home Compare website should be updated to include more measures for short-stay rehabilitation residents, according to one panel of experts. The Nursing Home Compare program measure set contains a mix of process and outcome measures for safety and prevention of mortality, but there are some gaps, according to a new report from the Measures Application Panel (MAP).

LTC groups urge Congress to pass a therapy cap extension

LTC groups urge Congress to pass a therapy cap extension

Congress should extend the therapy caps exception process for medically necessary Medicare Part B outpatient therapy services, several long-term care groups said Tuesday.

Nursing homes merit greater attention in debate about deficit reduction

Nursing homes merit greater attention in debate about deficit reduction

As President Obama and Congress continue to evaluate a multitude of different ways to reduce Medicare spending, it is more important than ever for lawmakers to understand the critical role nursing homes play in providing the specialized care and therapy vital to patient rehabilitation, and central to avoiding costly rehospitalizations.

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