Streptococcus Pneumoniae

Medicare reviewers often stop short

Medicare reviewers often stop short

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If a patient can achieve his or her highest level of independence, as a rehab clinician, I say let's go for it. To Medicare reviewers, too often they say stop at the prior level of function. So I often challenge the reviewer to explain this terminology.

Residents need flu and pneumo- coccal vaccine

Residents need flu and pneumo- coccal vaccine

You don't want to mess around with pneumococcal bacteria, which causes pneumonia, and even worse, sepsis and meningitis. That's why nursing home residents should receive two vaccinations: the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23) and the influenza vaccine.

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