I have always had an appreciation for nurses and nursing staff — not only because my sister is a nurse but because of the vast amount of work they do so well, each and every day. With National Nurse’s...
Recognizing and fixing burnout among SNF rehabilitation therapists
Apr 13, 2022
As COVID-19 and its variants continue to be of concern among leadership at skilled nursing facilities throughout the country, virus protection for our residents and their families persists. Although strict...
Breaking down the therapy changes
Jean Wendland Porter
Nov 08, 2021
Proposed rules almost always become final rules. On November 2, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (after threatening for four years) finalized the 15% payment reduction for outpatient...
Stroke patients should have access to robust palliative care, American Heart Association urges in first-of-its-kind...
Mar 31, 2014
Stroke survivors have “enormous” palliative care needs, and healthcare providers should ensure they can provide these services, according to a scientific statement released Friday by the American...
Jimmo guidance: Document goal before you provide care
Feb 01, 2014
Skilled nursing facilities should not claim that therapy was to maintain a patient’s condition if documentation reflected only an improvement goal.
Real-time video enhances post-stroke therapy, researchers say
Jan 31, 2014
Therapists in skilled nursing facilities might help stroke survivors achieve faster progress by incorporating real-time video in sessions, suggests recently published research.
AHCA makes push for immigration reform
Apr 01, 2013
Saying the current permanent visa programs for immigrants are “insufficient and inadequate” to meet long-term care staffing needs, the American Health Care Association outlined in March a vision...
Grandma has an iPad, what now?
Shelly Mesure, MS, OTR/L
Aug 07, 2012
Yes, it’s true: Our seniors are tech-savvy and love their gadgets. But where does this leave us as clinicians and caregivers? Hopefully, not in the dark.
Therapy robots a success with recovering stroke victims, research finds
Jun 29, 2012
An experimental “socially assistive” robot has been shown to get better results in elderly rehabilitation patients than human therapists, preliminary research finds.
Has CMS gone too far?
Shelly Mesure, MS, OTR/L
Sep 27, 2011
Previously, I’ve explained my position on the new rehab regulation changes to take effect on Saturday (Oct. 1). However, has CMS gone too far this time?