In a culture that calls for more person-centered and person-directed care, we often have to caution our patients to not call themselves "safe," before they are discharged out of our care.
My grandmother decided to have an elective knee replacement — at 89 years of age — followed by a stay for rehab in a skilled nursing facility. Quality matters to her and therefore I wanted to know that she would receive the same quality care during her recovery. How could we do that?
Most patients would agree they think home is the best place to recover from a debilitating injury or major surgery. That's why so many rehab therapy providers are trying to mimic all that is good about "home." Experts here offer advice on how to design for short-term rehab spaces, focusing on how to make them useful and homelike.
Right-sizing rehab equipment purchases can be a daunting task. With a plethora of buying options possible today, experts offer advice on how to avoid purchases that are too big, too small, too much or too little, in order to find one that is "just right."
We often see a phenomenon in rehab patients at initial presentation. Many times they are not as they appear.
With the shift from volume in RUGs IV to a goal of value and patient characteristics in RCS-I, rehab providers should ask themselves a number of frank questions.
Never, ever bet on a horse wearing blinders. Why, you ask? Because, of course, a horse wearing blinders must be irresponsible, uncontrollable and, worst of all, completely unaware of its surroundings. At least as a child who spent my summers at the track, that was my logic. You need another kind of logic to prepare for the workdays ahead.
Reimbursement model changes should bring freedom back to the licensed professional.
The John Scott House Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Braintree, MA, announced renovation plans.
The main barrier we all face is how we communicate with and educate our population, which means providing good information to both providers and consumers.
Do we need another reminder that a positive attitude or strong mind helps healing? We do. This time, it's with regard to stroke survivors who can't move body parts.
SNFs have increased their presence in rehab for years, and now many need to replace, restore or otherwise reinvigorate their programs.
Biodex Medical Systems Inc. has launched the Sit2Stand Trainer, part of its Mobility Enhancement family of devices.
Healthcare is mandated to reduce spending. The problem is that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and others are so blinded by the "reduce spending" element that we have lost our ability to appreciate prevention.
Why would anyone mention value-based reimbursement, medical necessity and the Jimmo lawsuit in the same sentence? I feel they are all related, but it will be difficult to find the perfect balancing act to maximize the benefits of each topic.
Saber does not rattle its short-term residents because it gives them what they want: amenities, privacy and more living options
LTC therapists seem to be stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to patient pain. Pain management is at the forefront of surveyors and scrutinized as a CMS quality measure.
How many clinicians (physical, occupational, and speech therapy) can honestly say that they have achieved full independence with 100% of every patient they have ever worked with? Unfortunately, I definitely cannot make that claim myself. But is that always the intention anyway?
In recent years, many skilled care operators have nervously watched the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reduce and sometimes eliminate payments for physical, occupational and speech therapy services. But thanks to a recent class-action lawsuit settlement, the funding pendulum might be about to change direction. As a result, the skilled care sector could be in for a massive funding windfall.
From assessing where we are and where we came from to continual education and industry monitoring, rehab is a force unto itself. We need to examine the top trends in rehab services.
The Joint Commission recently unveiled a Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Accreditation program. The program — which replaces its Long Term Care Accreditation program — is designed to help providers achieve, maintain and demonstrate excellence.
Well, we didn't completely go off the "fiscal cliff," but we're definitely heading for a downward slope.
I recently had the opportunity to speak at the China Healthcare Sourcing Summit in Hangzhou, China. It was a remarkable experience and really helped me gain a wider perspective of healthcare delivery around the world. Access to healthcare, hospitals, doctors, and especially rehabilitation services is a primary concern for the Chinese government.
Recovery audit contractors are stepping up their efforts to review Medicare billings. This appears to be a classic case of auditors gone wild.
Nursing home administrators who can't substantiate every minute of rehab therapy delivered in their building leave themselves open to increasingly common audits and surveys, a top MDS 3.0 expert said Tuesday.
I love my grandma dearly. She's still going strong, living independently in a ranch-style house. But while her stubbornness may be the reason she lives such full and active lifestyle, it's also a trait that almost cost her big-time when she had a "health scare" a few years ago.
Nursing home administrators who can't back up every minute of rehab therapy delivered in their building leave themselves open to auditing, warns an MDS 3.0 expert during the July 10 McKnight's Super Tuesday webcast. Every skilled nursing facility billing minutes to rehab services must be able to verify that he or she has read all of the updates to the RAI Manual, as well as all of the changes that took effect April 1, adds Leah Klusch, RN, BSN, FACHA. That and much more was discussed during the free webcast, which remains available for viewing in an online archive for a year.
An experimental "socially assistive" robot has been shown to get better results in elderly rehabilitation patients than human therapists, preliminary research finds.
Ready to take the therapy services quiz? The good news is that it only has one question and it's multiple choice. But you don't want to fail. Ready?
As a manager, I used to love to promote point-of-service, or POS. As a therapist, I used to despise POS. How could I have such a love-hate relationship with POS?