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CMS Proposes Significant Cuts to Physical Therapy Services in 2021

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) calls for cuts to its Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS) reimbursement for physical therapy providers by 8 percent beginning in 2021. The reduction for 2021 is included in the proposed 2020 PFS. According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), hidden with the proposed 2020 PFS, CMS…

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NIH launches First-of-its Kind Study to Search for Neuroprotective Stroke Therapies

On September 3, 2019, the Bethesda, Maryland-based National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that it has called on researchers to make the standards and practices for conducting early stage, or preclinical, medical research on animals more like those used for clinical trials. To facilitate these research design changes, the NIH will provide $ 4 million…

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Calls to Count Observation Stay Toward CMS’s Medicare Three-Day Rule

Today, the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) President and CEO Mark Parkinson and NCAL Executive Director Scott Tittle call on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma to use the Agency’s authority to count time spent under “observation status” in a hospital toward satisfying the…

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FDA Expands TAVR Indication to Low-Risk Patients

Hot off the Press…The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves an expanded indication for several transcatheter heart valves (Sapien 3, Sapien 3 Ultra, CoreValve Evolut R and CoreValve Evolut PRO) to include patients with severe aortic valve stenosis at low surgical risk. According to the FDA, the incidence of aortic valve stenosis increases with age.…

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Study Takes a Look at Cognitive Intervention For Fear of Falling

It’s common for nursing facility residents on the mend from a hip fracture to have a fear of falling (FOF) again.  This understandable fear can slow their recovery. According to researchers, despite advances in rehabilitation services provided in acute care and post-acute facilities to hip fracture patients, long-term functional recovery after this event remains limited.…

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Biomarkers Help Shape Diuretic use in Treating Acute Heart Failure Patients

According to a presentation at Heart Failure 2019, a scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), Adrenomedullin activity predicts which acute heart failure patients (AHFP) are at the greatest risk of death without diuretic treatment post-discharge. “Therapy at discharge often remains unchanged for several weeks and even months in acute heart failure patients,”…

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EMR’s Impact on Functional Recovery in Older Adults

Enhanced Medical Rehabilitation (EMR) which includes goal-oriented, motivational physical and occupational therapy, helps older patients recover more fully from broken hips, strokes and other ailments that lead to admission to skilled nursing facilities (SNF) for rehabilitation, according to researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) in St. Louis. According to researchers, EMR –…

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Phone App enables Postoperative Wound Monitoring, Reducing Readmissions and Improving care

A study released last year 2018 says patients gave universally positive feedback about a smartphone app, called WoundCheck, and its ease of use for monitoring wounds.  The app, developed by researchers from the Wisconsin Institute of Surgical Outcomes Research (WiSOR), department of surgery, University of Wisconsin, Madison, enables patients to remotely send images of their surgical…

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UHF Reports Put Spotlight on Challenges in Transitioning Patients to Post Hospital Care

Two reports released by the New York-based United Hospital Fund (UHF) charge that hospital patients face substantial challenges when seeking the post-acute care option that can best meet their care needs after major surgery or a serious illness. The reports are the next two installments in UHF’s four-part “Difficult Decisions” series, based on a year-long…

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