By Amanda Green, HTS Director of Marketing

1. Rehab Services: Rehabilitation Outcomes

As many of you already know, our hospital discharge planners and physicians are overloaded with senior care communities trying to get through their door.  Stand out from the masses with clear, concise data on your facility’s rehabilitation outcomes by diagnosis.  Through measurable outcomes, the efficiency and worth of your services are shown.  Measurable rehabilitation outcomes allow you to prove your success in clinical areas and can significantly align your community with referring partners.  With increased legislation for reimbursement-based quality outcomes, hospitals need good partners to build a strong “bridge” in the post-acute arena before discharging to home.  In the minds of the medical community and general public, your outcomes are reflective of your level of quality.   How can YOU be a good partner? Read more

The 4th annual Greenwood Rotary Magic Show, which took place on Wed. Feb 13th at Greenwood Community High School, entertained hundreds of area residents and their children and helped feed the hungry. This year was the first in which the club partnered with the local nonprofit organization, Kids Against Hunger. The proceeds from the show by Las Vegas magician Garry Carson will provide more than 30,000 nutritious meals locally and abroad.

The event was conducted with support from Southland Community Church, Wilson St Pierre, Franklin United Methodist Community, Greenwood Orthopedics and Capstone Investment Partners.

CDC’s Injury Center created the STEADI Tool Kit for health care providers who see older adults in their practice who are at risk of falling or who may have fallen in the past. The STEADI Tool Kit gives health care providers the information and tools they need to assess and address their older patients’ fall risk.

http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/Falls/steadi/index.html

As many of you are aware, barring a last-minute bridging of the vast partisan gap in our nation’s capital, across the board cuts through sequestration are to go into effect today, March 1st. As we understand it, due to a technicality in the stop-gap continuance that was passed by Congress on January 1, 2013, cuts to Medicare payments will not be implemented until April 1st. Read more

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) was signed into law by President Obama on January 2, 2013.  This law extends the Medicare Part B Outpatient Therapy Cap Exceptions Process through December 31, 2013.  Section 603 of this Act contains a number of Medicare provisions affecting the outpatient therapy caps and manual medical review (MR) threshold. Read more

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. Read more

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 older adults.

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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 such as congestive heart failure or diabetes had higher incidences of patients bouncing back to the hospital than for an acute cases like pneumonia or heart attack. Read more

Stroke patients undergoing inpatient rehab are more likely to be readmitted to the hospital within three months when they  are functioning poorly, exhibit symptoms of depression and lack social support, according to a study conducted at University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Read more

Recommendations put forth by the Journal of American Family Physician, 2010.

Minimum activity for achieving important health benefits includes:

  • Two hours and 30 minutes (150) minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (e.g., brisk walking) per week, plus muscle-strengthening activities on at least two days of the week; or
  • One hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity (e.g., jogging, running) per week, plus muscle-strengthening activities on at least two days of the week; or
  • A combination of moderate and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity equivalent to the recommendations above, plus muscle strengthening activities on at least two days of the week.

 

For additional guidelines visit www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/guidelines/olderadults.html.