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Jack and Jill: The Whole Story

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Bill Mannewitz, PT

Jack and Jill went up the hill and got totally new hips. The following two cases (identifying information changed) occurred over the past 12 months and demonstrate the importance of communicating functional limitations to incorporate the whole patient rather than their current diagnosis and resultant presentation. By proper documentation and coding, we can show the value of therapy services to the populations we serve.

Jack is a 76-year-old male with a long medical history. His first hip replacement was in 1991 after falling from a ladder from about eight feet. Twenty-five years later, he needed a new prosthesis. Jack’s medical history includes heart disease
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Home Safety Evaluation

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Jennifer Flanagan, SLP

Research shows that most short-term rehab patients will benefit from a home safety evaluation (HSE) to increase safety and independence as they return to their prior living arrangement. Director of Operations Tracy Milius, OT emphasizes this, saying, “You can provide therapy all day in a facility, but it is incomplete if you don’t ensure everything you have taught the patient can carry over to their home.” Returning patients to a safe home environment is also important when meeting the new skilled nursing (SNF) facility quality measures, particularly the percentage of short-term stay residents who are re-hospitalized after discharge.

So when is the right time to complete an HSE, and what disciplines should be included?
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A Fresh PT Experience

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Sara Wigger

To find your first job in the setting you favor most, with the caseload you prefer, the mentorship you require, and with a company that supports the opportunities you ask for must be something from a dream, right? Not for Brady Martin, PT, a 2015 graduate from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. He found all that at RehabVisions Outpatient Clinic located in Dickinson, North Dakota.
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Practice Flexibility with Speech Therapy and Autism

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RehabVisions

Jennifer Howe, SLP started with RehabVisions in 2011 and for nearly five years has been treating patients in a hospital setting in eastern Iowa. Part of her caseload includes autistic children who come to her for supplemental treatment, beyond what is provided at school. Her pediatric patients refine their communication and learn additional skills that are transferable as they progress through the education system and into adulthood.

“Most of my patients have some sort of functional deficit or behavioral problem,” says Jennifer. “Sometimes it’s as simple as behavioral management and assisting in being more ‘socially appropriate,’ or to better communicate their emotions.
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Finding Value in Medically Oriented Gyms

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RehabVisions

Value has always been a core metric at RehabVisions. As the therapy industry moves from pushing volume to proving value, we continue to feel confident in our suggestions of programs that both add value to a practice and prove value to patient populations.

Steve Finn, PT and rehab director in Iowa is a proponent for the medically oriented gym (MOG), saying “When you think about future medical payment models, the MOG fits in well with what is coming down the pipeline.”
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