CDC Recommends PT Over Opioids

May 29, 2018

CDC Recommends PT Over Opioids The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, concerned that sales of prescription opioids have quadrupled in the United States even though there has not been an overall change in the amount of pain that Americans report, this month released guidelines for prescribing the narcotic pain medication.

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Choose Physical Therapy When…

April 2, 2017

The CDC says patients and providers should choose physical therapy when: Patients are concerned about the risks of opioid use. “Given the substantial evidence gaps on opioids, uncertain benefits of long-term use, and potential for serious harms, patient education and discussion before starting opioid therapy are critical so that patient preferences and values can be … Continue reading “Choose Physical Therapy When…”

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What are some strategies for reducing hospital readmissions?

March 25, 2017

Strategies for Reducing Hospital Readmissions The Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, mandated by the Affordable Care Act, requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) to reduce payments to Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) hospitals with excess readmissions. Readmission is defined as an admission to an IPPS acute care hospital within 30 days of a discharge … Continue reading “What are some strategies for reducing hospital readmissions?”

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Alzheimers Management Goals

June 30, 2016

Alzheimers Management Goals Because there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, the chief goals of treatment are to: • maintain quality of life • maximize function in daily activities • enhance cognition, mood and behavior • foster a safe environment • promote social engagement. Elements of a strategy to maximize dementia outcomes include regular monitoring … Continue reading “Alzheimers Management Goals”

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Four Strategies Treating Alzheimers

April 30, 2016

Four Strategies Treating Alzheimer’s in the Nursing Home More than 50 percent of residents in assisted-living and nursing homes have some form of dementia or cognitive impairment, and that number is increasing every day. The Alzheimer’s Association’s Campaign for Quality Residential Care offers strategies aimed at helping skilled nursing homes better respond to this growing … Continue reading “Four Strategies Treating Alzheimers”

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