Chronic Pain: Physical Therapy Option Over Opioids

November 12, 2018

Chronic pain exacts a terrible toll on human well-being. More than 10 percent of Americans suffer from pain every day, according to the National Institutes of Health, and many more suffer from it sporadically. Academic research has found that pain is one of the biggest sources of unhappiness. Because of chronic pain, the use of opioids has become a public-health … Continue reading “Chronic Pain: Physical Therapy Option Over Opioids”

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CMS Publishes CY 2019 Physician Fee Schedule/QPP Final Rule

November 8, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule recently that includes updates to payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Fee Schedule starting on January 1, 2019. Some highlights that impact therapists include: Discontinuance of Functional Status Reporting Requirements for Outpatient Therapy: Because of the … Continue reading “CMS Publishes CY 2019 Physician Fee Schedule/QPP Final Rule”

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The Shot Clock is Ticking… Get in the PDPM Coding Game!

November 2, 2018

Preparing for PDPM seems like a massive undertaking – and it is! – but there are steps you can take today to prepare to reduce the impact of the transition. As you are likely aware, the new PDPM model appears less focused on the number of therapy minutes spent with residents and more focused on residents’ … Continue reading “The Shot Clock is Ticking… Get in the PDPM Coding Game!”

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Therapy, Outcomes and the New Patient Driven Payment Model

October 25, 2018

Author: Renee Halfhill, LPT, CEO & President of Blue Sky Therapy The Patient Driven Payment Model drives a CARE model that uniquely identifies the patient’s needs based on their diagnosis and clinical category and not on the amount of therapy that is needed.  At first glance this may seem like therapy is no longer a key … Continue reading “Therapy, Outcomes and the New Patient Driven Payment Model”

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‘Marketing’ Tips to Improve Your Census

October 22, 2018

In September 2018, The New York Times covered the issues stemming from declining nursing home occupancy detailing how shrinking numbers of residents has led to 1 in 5 beds going empty and that 200-300 nursing homes are closing their doors each year. Given an aging population, you’d think nursing homes would be coping with the … Continue reading “‘Marketing’ Tips to Improve Your Census”

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5 Tips to Improve Quality Measures and Increase Your Star Rating!

October 18, 2018

Be A Shining 5 Star! All eyes are on SNF administrators and your Star Rating data! Existing residents, resident family members, and staff are looking at it as hopefully a source of pride. Families, physicians, social workers, and discharge planners may be looking at your data to ensure the best care is provided to their … Continue reading “5 Tips to Improve Quality Measures and Increase Your Star Rating!”

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Blue Sky Therapy continues to grow their family in Florida

October 5, 2018

ESTERO, FL- Blue Sky Therapy, a leading provider of physical, occupational and speech therapy, with clinic locations throughout Ohio and Florida, recently acquired Florida GulfCoast Physical Therapy (FLGCPT) in Estero, FL. Joining Waterworks Total Rehab in Naples and Absolute Physical Therapy in Bonita Springs, Blue Sky is looking forward to continuing its quality of care … Continue reading “Blue Sky Therapy continues to grow their family in Florida”

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3 Reasons Why Physical Therapy is Important

October 2, 2018

Give me a One. Give me a Two. Give me a Three! We are all looking to live the best life we can live, right?! Did you know that physical therapy can help get you back onto the right path if you’ve veered off of it? Therapeutic exercises and manual therapy techniques can restore muscle, … Continue reading “3 Reasons Why Physical Therapy is Important”

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Can Physical Therapy Help with My Osteoarthritis?

August 30, 2018

You bet your sweet bottom! At Blue Sky Physical Therapy, we can help you fight back against osteoarthritis (OA) and gain the strength to get back to the activities you love! To better understand how physical therapy can help your OA, it is essential first to understand what OA is.

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Weekend Warriors: Reduce the Risk of Injuries with These PT Tips

July 23, 2018

A weekend warrior is someone who may not have time for themselves during the week due to juggling school, family, kids, and work. With no time to spare during the week, your workouts may fall on the weekend days, having you trying to fit a week’s worth of physical activity into two short days.

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