Rehabilitation

Judge: CMS fails to educate on maintenance therapy coverage changes

Too many beneficiaries—and their doctors—still don’t realize that maintenance therapies are now covered by Medicare, ruled a U.S. District Court judge.

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3 LTC communities win Gold award for quality excellence

Three long-term/post-acute communities have won the top quality accolade from the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) National Quality Award Program.

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Super-short-term stay model helps with therapy and laundry

A Maryland provider is starting a new service line for those who need some help after a hospitalization, but whose circumstances don’t justify a move-in.

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Liar, liar: Many seniors fib about their capabilities after hospitalization

Seniors who have recently been discharged from the hospital often downplay or even lie about their capabilities and risk factors in an attempt to return to “the old normal,” notes a new study.

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Older women more vulnerable, less likely to be screened after broken hip

Fewer than one in five women who break their hip receive at least one of the recommended osteoporosis screening tests or treatments within six months of incidence, according to a metaanalysis from the AARP Public Policy Institute. 

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The balancing act of Parkinson’s fall prevention

A physical therapist shares how to prevent falls for people with Parkinson’s disease. Hint: it’s a lot of high-intensity exercise, cueing and patience.

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Tailored rehabilitation therapy for dementia

What happens when someone with dementia needs physical or occupational therapy? Phoebe Ministries is applying neurocognitive engagement to its physical, occupational and speech therapy programs to improve outcomes for residents with cognitive impairment.

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Study: Injections improve knee osteoarthritis without surgery

Does the next promising treatment for OA reside inside our own blood? The surprising results from a new study say it's definitely worth researching.

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2016 Leaders of Tomorrow: Rachel Pankratz, PT, WCC

In our second installment of the Leaders of Tomorrow award winners, Rachel Pankratz, PT, WCC, director of therapy at Larksfield Place, Wichita, Kans., shows what can be done when physical therapy and clinical teams combine efforts in the mission of proactive resident care.

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Arizona State University to build CCRC on campus

The university wants to build a continuing care retirement community on campus. The CCRC could appeal to the roughly 30,000 alumni age 65 and up dwelling in Arizona who want to relive their college years. Only, this time class is optional. 

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