12 Apps To Use For Speech-Language Pathology

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Sara Wigger

We’re at a point with technology where mobile apps can enhance almost any industry. With so many at our fingertips it can be overwhelming trying to identify quality apps and resources to use during patient care. Luckily, RehabVisions has many talented and tech-savvy therapists who use iPads and tablets every day to enhance their time with patients of all ages.
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RehabVisions SNF Leaders Come Together

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Stacy Ashley Murphy

RehabVisions welcomed its rehab directors and team leads from our skilled nursing communities last week. The group of 18 gathered in Omaha to join their peers in leadership development, clinical and compliance training.

The meeting kicked off with a welcome video introducing staff at the home office. It was the first of several as each rehab director/team lead was asked to introduce their community and staff through a short video submitted before the meeting. The videos served as icebreakers and entertainment between presentations.
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Using Comic Strips to Expand Your SLP Tool Box

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Jennifer Flanagan, SLP

As speech therapists it’s important that we continue to find new techniques to integrate into our “tool box.” While our focus is always on customized and patient-centered care, it can be easy to reach for the same book or open the same app with a patient if they’ve had success with those resources. There are many everyday items that are both inexpensive and easy to find that you can incorporate into your therapy sessions to enrich the therapy and deepen your patient’s progress.
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5 Things Your Rehab Department Should Be Doing – #3 Retain Your Superstars

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Todd Lohr

Is your rehab department maximizing its potential? This post is the third in a series. It’s based on some items RehabVisions focuses on when we manage therapy departments, but it’s also a conversation starter about things you could be doing differently.

You probably already know that it costs a great deal more to hire a new employee than it does to retain an existing one. So why are you not focusing more on employee retention? Retaining your star employees is imperative to the success of your rehab department. So, how do you do that?
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RehabVisions’ Stand-out Employees

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Debbie Lacey

Our Second Quarter CERCIE awards have been announced, and we’re thrilled to share the stories of these exemplary employees and their contributions to RehabVisions and their home facilities. CERCIE stands for Commitment, Excellence, Respect, Compassion, Integrity and Enthusiasm. We ask employees to submit CERCIE certificates to recognize their peers on a quarterly basis.
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Five Things Your Rehab Department Should Be Doing – #2 Specializing

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Todd Lohr

Is your rehab department maximizing its potential? This post is the second in a series. It’s based on some items RehabVisions focuses on when we manage therapy departments, but it’s also a conversation starter about some things you could be doing differently.

Whether your department is in a hospital, skilled nursing facility or is an outpatient clinic, we’re betting you can take something away from this series. Enjoy!
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Employees Exemplify Company Values

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Debbie Lacey

CERCIE is the award we’ve created as a company to recognize our employees who exemplify RehabVisions’ company values. It is an acronym that stands for Commitment, Excellence, Respect, Compassion, Integrity and Enthusiasm. We ask employees to submit CERCIE certificates to recognize their peers on a quarterly basis.

Katie S., a PT in North Dakota is one of our CERCIE recipients for Quarter 1, 2014.
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Rehab Department Thrives in Boom Town

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Jennifer Flanagan, SLP

Perhaps you have heard about the oil boom going on in North Dakota these days. Williston, North Dakota, in the northwest corner of the state, is more than having its 15 minutes of fame in the media with stories about the influx of population on the town and its effects on traffic, real estate and the job market.

In the midst of all of that, life goes on for the residents of Williston. They still have needs, and sometimes that gets lost in the “news” stories of this town.
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Five Things Your Rehab Department Should Be Doing

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Todd Lohr

Is your rehab department maximizing its potential? This post is the first in a series. It’s based on some items RehabVisions focuses on when we manage therapy departments, but it’s also a conversation starter about some things you could be doing differently.

Whether your department is in a hospital, skilled nursing facility or is an outpatient clinic, we’re betting you can take something away from this series. Enjoy!
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Healthcare Reform – A Therapy Perspective

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Darrell Metcalf

It is a widely held tenant of planning that as organizations we generally overestimate the amount of change that will occur within the next four years, and we underestimate the amount of change in our business/industry over the next 10. When evaluating significant changes like the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Healthcare Reform, I try to keep this maxim in the back of mind and focus on the secular changes rather than the rhetoric.
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RV Welcomes Compliance Manager

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Stacy Ashley Murphy

RehabVisions added a new position to our Operations Department recently to to stay on top of regulatory points and provide expertise to our hospital clients.

Brenda Kemling, PT started in her role as Hospital Compliance Manager in June. So far, she has been training RehabVisions’ hospital staff on Functional Limitation Reporting (G-codes with severity modifiers), completing chart audits, and assisting in the establishment of electronic medical records in all of our facilities.
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Our Reputation Precedes Us

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Steve Kinkead, SLP

An administrator from one of our long-time hospital contracts recently told a story about running into a young family friend who was talking about her travel OT career and that she really liked the company she was working for. It was small and family-owned. She said the company was Cariant Health Partners (our travel division) but the administrator didn’t recognize the name as a RehabVisions company. When he then mentioned his happiness with RehabVisions as his hospital contract therapy provider, he said, “Her eyes got really big, and she said, “That’s the same company I work for!”
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Darrell’s Rural Rant

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Darrell Metcalf

Our National Account Executive was on the road today returning from a Rural Hospital conference. We didn’t have a booth at this particular show so Todd spent the majority of his time going to the educational sessions along with the hospital personnel that were in attendance. I called him to catch up on anything that had happened at the show and to hopefully break up the 8 hour car ride.

His synopsis of the show was that the majority of the speakers were portending hard times coming to rural healthcare.
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Professional Development – What Are Your Plans?

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Tracy Milius, OT

Not all therapists realize that professional development is an individual responsibility. Only you know what you aspire to be and what goals you have set for yourself.

The first step is to conduct a self-assessment of your clinical skills, attitudes and professional practice, ethics and overall job duties.
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Happy Anniversary, RehabVisions

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Stacy Ashley Murphy

May marks the 30th year that RehabVisions has been in business. To commemorate this important event, we put together this video about how we started, where we’ve been, and what the future holds for us as a company. Enjoy!

I Love The SNF Setting and Here’s Why

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Jennifer Flanagan, SLP

Just as I was starting to think our jobs in therapy were getting consumed with Medicare rules and regulations, a patient encounter reminded me otherwise.

In visiting one of our skilled nursing facilities recently, I was sitting in the therapy department when a gentleman in jeans and a plaid shirt approached and asked for one of the therapists. He was told that she was with a patient so he reached in his pocket and pulled out a note. “I have that recipe for her,” he said. On the paper was a carefully typewritten (from his computer) recipe for what are reportedly the world’s best Ginger Snap Cookies.
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Customer Values RV’s Integrity

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Stacy Ashley Murphy

When Bethany Lutheran Home CEO Mike Van Sickle went looking for a new therapy provider, integrity was number one on his list.

Bethany Lutheran had been caught up in a costly, multi-year Corporate Integrity Agreement from the Office of the Inspector General relating to their previous therapy provider. They were investigated for their billing practices. “We didn’t have the sophistication or the experience to know it was happening,” Mike said.
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RV Partners with Oklahoma Practice

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Doug Larmore

As part of our acquisition effort, RehabVisions and Total Rehab have formed a partnership to provide management and support to Total Rehab’s two existing Outpatient Clinics this past May. Total Rehab, with locations in McAlester and Antlers, Oklahoma, was founded by Margaret Bates, OT and Michele Cox, PT.
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Communication Is Always Key

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Bill Mannewitz, PT

It’s true! Communication is key, but the way we communicate is a huge part of it. I came across this blog post from Compliance Chat by Tom Ambury on communication and thought it was interesting, especially in thinking about our therapy departments – how we communicate to them from the home office, how they communicate among each other and to their patients.
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Set Some Rehab Resolutions For 2013

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Stacy Ashley Murphy

I love the feeling of fresh beginnings from starting a new calendar year. I’m a resolution-maker, and I think others should be too. It’s a perfect time to assess how things are going and set some goals that you can actually track in the coming year.
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The Election Is Over. What’s Next For Therapy?

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Darrell Metcalf

With the election past us, budgets being completed and the impending “fresh start” of a new year, it seems like a good time to take stock and figure out “where we are.” With all the rhetoric about Obamacare, fiscal cliffs and the drum beat of impending doom, amazingly enough, people are still getting sick and injured and requiring healthcare services.
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Recent Ruling Ensures Dementia Patients Access To Rehab

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Tracy Milius, OT

Patients with dementia diagnosis frequently present with the need for therapy services in skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, outpatient clinics and home health agencies. Sometimes therapists are concerned with treating patients with this diagnosis because therapy may not “rehabilitate or restore lost function.” However, if you refer to the Medicare benefit policy manual, it states that therapy can work with persons who have chronic, progressive diseases – such as Alzheimer’s and related dementias – and even terminal diseases, to help “maintain function.”
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The Power of Perception

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Deb Kirchhoff, SLP

Check out this article about patient experience from Hospital Impact. It speaks to how very important perception is within our jobs in healthcare.

Exploring Partnerships: Majority or Minority Ownership?

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Darrell Metcalf

The following article, written by CFO Darrell Metcalf, first appeared in Impact Magazine. It is reposted here with permission by the Private Practice Section, APTA.

Every day the financial news highlights stories about one company buying another for some unfathomable amount of money. While those big money deals grab headlines, significantly more transactions are occurring at the small business end of the scale. However the dynamics of these transactions are rarely explored.
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Contracting With RV Makes CEO’s Life Easier

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Guest

In 2007 CEO Debrah Chensvold was looking for a change for her Iowa hospital’s rehab department. She looked at several contract therapy companies and chose RehabVisions. We recently talked to Deb about how the partnership has gone over the past five years.
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Toot Your Own Horn. It’s Good For Business.

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Jean Herauf, SLP

Top-of-mind awareness is a vital marketing term. Its definition is obvious – when people think about therapy, we want them to think about our rehab departments and staff. This happens when people see and hear your name again and again. Jean Herauf, SLP, an area manager for RehabVisions in North Dakota, is especially good at keeping her clinic name and therapists in the news and in front of important referral sources.
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Money Isn’t Everything

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Bill Mannewitz, PT

Money… what an interesting topic… it is important but so is liking what you do and where you work every day.

Many clinicians will unknowingly sign on with less-than-ideal companies because of the draw to high pay rates. Whether a new grad with huge loans or a seasoned clinician with some debt to pay off, I hear many clinicians say “I will do this or that for a few years just to get ahead.”
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Comparing Therapy Staffing Models in SNFs

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Jennifer Flanagan, SLP

I’ve had numerous discussions over the years, with not only administrators but also family and friends, explaining what I do and what RehabVisions does as a company. It always leads to a discussion about why a skilled nursing facility would utilize a contract services company for their therapy.
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Assisted Living Therapy is a Win-Win

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Jennifer Caskey, PT

Are Assisted Living Residents getting the therapy they should? Some fall through the cracks because they don’t qualify for home health services and others may not have transportation. Our therapists in Des Moines travel into these assisted living communities to reach patients who do not have easy access to PT, OT and ST services.
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Involvement is Key

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Brandon Labertew, PT

Throughout RehabVisions, we have professionals working in a variety of settings presenting a variety of strengths and interests.

No matter what setting, involvement, both internally and externally, is a key to success.
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Managing Your Holiday Stress

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Jacque Sedlacek, PTA

As the holidays quickly approach, with sometimes overwhelming demands, it is important to remember one’s health. Weather, seasonal company, time management and money issues are just a few of the contributing factors that may turn holiday cheer into holiday horror. Stress not only takes a toll on your health, but can also lead to problems in the workplace and with relationships.
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The Job Search – Where Do I Start?

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Steve Kinkead, SLP

I recently spoke to a group of speech pathology students at the Nebraska Speech, Language and Hearing Association’s annual convention. I tried to provide a perspective about resume development and the job search process knowing that is an important topic weighing on the minds of these students.

I list the nuts and bolts but most importantly I tried to give them food for thought in considering their first position as a professional. The process I outline below is geared toward ours as a contract therapy services provider but is applicable across most settings.
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Customer Service Is Always Key… Even In Therapy

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Rick Larmore

Too often in healthcare, we tend to forget that our patients (customers) have choices in where they can receive their care. This may seem obvious in metropolitan areas but frankly, it’s also true in rural America even where local competition doesn’t seem to exist. After all, it may only be a 20 to 40-minute drive to the next nearest community with a rehab clinic. As professionals within the rehab profession, I think we all need to remember that many times in a patient’s mind, not much separates one rehab clinic from the next. Oh sure, we can fall back on the mantra that if the referring physician tells a patient to go for treatment, that’s where the patient will likely go. But what about those instances when the decision is left up to the patient and that patient has to choose between two, three or even four options? How do we stand out above the rest? Well, why leave it to chance?
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What Brain Injury Survivors Want You to Know

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Jean Herauf, SLP

As Speech-language Pathologists, we consider patient’s families and the communication systems and breakdowns that occur with them as we treat our patients. Families of brain injury survivors often feel quite lost as many of the dynamics have changed with their loved one; not just their communication skills, but many of the factors listed in the following article.
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What Keeps a CFO Awake At Night?

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Darrell Metcalf

After you get past – who cares?, it is sometimes insightful to understand what worries a CFO. Believe it or not, we CFOs are not as optimistic, upbeat and dynamic as our daily persona suggests. Sometimes, when we are alone, we are skeptical, conservative and downright cynical.
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Improving Dining Room Acoustics for Older Adults with Hearing Loss

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Steve Kinkead, SLP

Take a look at this article. It makes some great points that we need to remember when dealing with hearing-impaired patients.

Here is the link to the story from The ASHA Leader.

As Therapists, We Must Be Our Own Advocates

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Tracy Milius, OT

As therapists, sometimes we would all like to believe that everyone (potential patients and all physicians) knows the value of seeking our services and when to get orders for therapy. But if we’re honest with ourselves, we recognize this simply isn’t true.
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SLP – A Fulfilling Path

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Steve Kinkead, SLP

In the spirit of National Speech and Hearing Month, I’ve been asked to weigh in on the discipline. Why do I love a career in speech pathology? A career based on talking and eating – my two favorite things… what’s not to love?
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