Rehabilitation

Therapy cap survives via congressional inaction

Congress recessed for the final holiday of 2017 without addressing the current Medicare therapy cap exceptions process, set to expire on December 31. Without the exceptions process or an alternative, therapists will not be allowed to provide services above the therapy cap in 2018.

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U. Pitt, HERL develop waterproof, battery-free wheelchair

Look, Gramma—no batteries! This new wheelchair operates using pressurized air instead of heavy batteries and electronics and recharges in just 10 minutes.

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Muscle mass, BMI and osteoarthritis

Body Mass Index (BMI) alone isn’t a reliable factor on osteoarthritis quality of life, according to new data.

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Biodex exhibits assistive lifting device

The technology helps residents stand safely from a sitting position while helping caregivers avoid lifting injuries.

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Genesis Rehab, Sensoria partner on smart wearables for seniors

The technology developer is bringing its smart socks and other safety technology to Genesis's rehabilitation setting for fall detection and therapy.

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Overprescribing opioids

Many surgery patients seem to have plenty of prescription pain pills left over after their recovery, and that’s a big problem, says a new JAMA study.

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Detecting muscle and bone loss

Researchers examine a new assessment test to determine a resident’s risk of age-related muscle and skeletal loss called sarcopenia.

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A step forward

Putting your best foot forward can be a challenge with stiff foot and leg muscles, blogger Kathleen Mears explains.

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Five Star bets on wellness, rebrands rehab division

The senior care chain has reshaped its footprint in wellness services for health maintenance and rehabilitation therapy.

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An awakening

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears watches as one resident transforms after she gets a fork in her hand and starts feeding herself.

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