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Medicare Change Alert

Multiple Procedures Payment Reduction [MPPR]:   What You Need to Know Medicare Change Alert What is the MPPR? It is a system whereby the CMS will reduce payments to the always therapy codes; the codes OT, PT and ST regularly use to bill…

Are you ready for required Functional G-Codes Claims Based Reporting starting this July?

Have you received flyers about the Functional G-Codes Claims Based Reporting that is required to implement no later than July 2013? This information was introduced in the 2012 proposed rule of the Physician Fee Schedule for 2013. What’s are…

American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 Summary

While the last minute legislation is mostly known for the issue of the fiscal cliff and the arguments over taxes, the legislation is in large part a modified version of the Middle Class Tax Relief Act passed in April of 2012. Taxpayer Relief…

Study Investigates Seniors’ Falls

Study Investigates Causes of Seniors’ Falls Researchers studied video of long term care communities to shine a light on the most common reasons seniors fall. The study found that incorrect shifting of body weight caused the most falls among…

Posture: Stand Up Straight, Don’t Slouch

Adapting proper posture is an essential part to maintaining a healthy skeletal structure as you age.  According to the Mayo Clinic, good posture promotes a strong and stable spinal column and can help prevent the deterioration of the vital…

Therapy Cap Fact Sheet

Medicare Part B Outpatient Therapy Cap and Exceptions Process The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (H.R. 3630) was signed into law on February 22, 2012. The law extends the Medicare Part B Outpatient Therapy Cap Exceptions…

Therapy’s Role in Bone Health

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, one in two women and one in four men age 50 and older will suffer an osteoporosis-related fracture.  Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and structural deterioration of…

Balance and Fall Prevention

Each year, one in three adults age 65 and older falls. Falls can lead to moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head traumas, and can even increase the risk of early death.  According to the Centers for Disease Control &…

Managing COPD in the Summer Heat

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects over 20 million adults in the US.  COPD is a disease in which your lungs become inflamed or damaged, making it very difficult for air to flow in and out normally.  COPD can be worse in hot…

Age Proof Your Brain

 Alzheimer’s affects more than 5.4 million Americans and is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, however many experts now believe you can prevent or a least delay dementia –…

Prevent Aspiration Pneumonia

Speech Therapy’s Role to Practicing Good Oral Care to Prevent Aspiration Pneumonia Aspiration pneumonia is inflammation of the lungs and airways to the lungs (bronchial tubes) from breathing in foreign material.  Aspiration pneumonia occurs…

Readmission rates higher with chronic conditions

Hospital readmission rates for chronic conditions are substantially higher than rehospitalizations for acute conditions, regardless of payer or age group, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced. For example, conditions…