16th May

Building on the Foundation of Patient Safety

Patient Safety is the foundation upon which Quality Healthcare is built. Virtually every healthcare setting is working toward the shared goal of providing safer care for patients. This includes not only within the walls of each institution but across the

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12th May

Why Standardized Tests are So Important

Standardized tests are used to accurately and objectively measure baseline status and to facilitate appropriate therapeutic interventions. Along with supporting baseline findings, they also serve to demonstrate progress throughout the treatment episode. CMS instructs clinicians to assess “objective, measurable gains”

20th Apr

How to Get the Most out of Standardized Tests

The Purpose of Standardized Tests Professionals use standardized tests to accurately and objectively measure baseline status and facilitate individualized clinically appropriate therapeutic interventions. Along with supporting baselines findings they also serve to demonstrate progress throughout the treatment episode and upon

14th Mar

Tips for Innovative Transition Planning

As healthcare reform continues focus on the service delivery model for rehabilitation services,  “transition” is now the verbiage to use versus the traditional term of “discharge”. As a verb, transition is the process or period of changing from one state

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2nd Mar

Partnering to Combat Parkinson’s Disease

Exciting things are happening in the partnership between Functional Pathways and the Jewish Home Family. The Parkinson’s Disease (PD) Program is expanding by leaps and bounds with therapy focusing on evidenced based treatment interventions and strategies for people living with

20th Jan

Strategies for Five Star Ratings

Understanding How Nursing Homes are Rated Nursing homes vary in the quality of care and services they provide to their residents. Reviewing health inspection results, staffing data and quality measures are three important ways to measure nursing home quality. These

Compliance
6th Jan

Changes to PT and OT Evaluation Codes

Effective January 1, 2017 Physical and Occupational Therapists will be using new complexity-based evaluation codes and a new re-evaluation code for each discipline. This policy change was discussed in the CY 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule rulemaking. The goal is

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5th Dec

Strength Training in the Older Adult

Change is coming and at a fast pace. The demand for better quality care at lower cost requires new thinking. Improved practices in person-centered care is a necessity as we continue to provide the highest quality of care and services