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Quick tips for rehab professionals

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening for high blood pressure in adults 18 years of age and older. Both the American Physical Therapy Association and American Occupational Therapy Association websites reveal the importance of monitoring vitals. Logic dictates that anyone who provides interventions which impacts vitals should take baseline measurements and monitor the impact of physical interventions.
Marti Moore

BE STILL to be a successful leader

Editor’s note: This is the third of a three-part series, “Keeping anchored in the twirling seas of healthcare.” Article one explored new research in change management. Article two expanded tools utilized for quality improvement through A3 thinking. Article three, the author says, is personally for you. BE STILL: Actions that become habits strengthen your adaptability…

Combating seniors’ isolation

Over a decade ago, a healthcare administrator named Carolin Duncan spent two months undergoing training far from home. It occurred to her during that time that she was feeling many of the same things seniors feel when residing in a skilled nursing facility. She had feelings, she wrote, of loneliness, helplessness and boredom.

How ACOs should work

Simply put, an ACO is a network of doctors and hospitals that shares both medical and financial responsibility of each patient in that particular ACO. The ultimate goal of an ACO is to coordinate care for the patient, as well as eliminate any unnecessary spending.

Embracing the RAI manual

The PDPM RAI Manual is here, Now what? We’ve had a little over a month to process the RAI manual, but there’s no denying that this year is different. Generally, the RAI Manual details the changes for the upcoming year and there is a flurry of organizations and individuals who offer their take on the…

Go for an IPA

The PDPM (Patient-Driven Payment Model) will be here quicker than the time it takes for a head to settle on a fresh-drawn pint of beer. But many skilled nursing facilities are still working out their orders. Specifically, they are looking at the kinks in their MDS (Minimum Data Set) process to accurately capture patient characteristics.…
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