Rheumatology leaders praise bipartisan framework to repeal medicare therapy caps
(American College of Rheumatology) The Medicare therapy caps were originally introduced in 1997 as a part of the Balanced Budget Act. Arbitrary caps on outpatient therapy services covered by Medicare -- including physical therapy, speech language pathology, and occupational therapy -- were put in place in order to reduce federal spending and balance the federal budget. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

From Buenos Aires to Boston for pediatric stroke care
Twice a year, Osvaldo and Sol board a plane in Buenos Aires, Argentina. For a week or more, they leave behind their home, their friends, their jobs — and, sometimes, their two daughters, Ines and Clara. But what waits for them, a continent away, is worth it. In Boston, they say, they have found expert care for their son, Francisco. “Francisco was perfectly fine when he was born,” says Sol. “But two days later, we were having trouble waking him up.” Although initially doctors assured the family that his behavior was normal, they quickly transferred him to the neonatal intensive care unit when he began having diffi...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - October 27, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jessica Cerretani Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Dr. Cameron Trenor Dr. Michael Rivkin International Health Services physical therapy stroke Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center Source Type: news

Looking to the future: Robot-assisted surgery offers hope for Brendan
Brendan Randolph focuses on the lane in front of him, takes a few steps and lets the ball fly down the lane. He waits to see where it lands and then turns back, grinning with satisfaction: With all ten pins down, it’s a strike. Bowling is one of his favorite pastimes, and he’s thrilled to be back at it. That’s no small feat for this 17-year-old, who underwent brain surgery just a few months ago. Brendan and his parents, Joanne and Chris Running out of options for epilepsy Brendan began experiencing seizures within just a few hours of his birth and was diagnosed with epilepsy, believed to be the result of a stroke. As...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - October 23, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jessica Cerretani Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Dr. Phillip Pearl Dr. Scellig Stone epilepsy epilepsy center robotics seizures Source Type: news

Chicago physical therapy business buys The Work Center
Athletico Physical Therapy has acquired St. Louis-based The Work Center, which specializes in providing physical and occupational therapy for work-related injuries. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The sale closed last week but was announced Friday, an Athletico spokeswoman said. The privately held companies do not disclose their revenue. Ronald Rucker and Angela Drumm of Carmody MacDonald PC served as legal counsel for The Work Center in the transaction . The Work Center has nine clinics,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 22, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Diana Barr Source Type: news

Chicago physical therapy business buys The Work Center
Athletico Physical Therapy has acquired St. Louis-based The Work Center, which specializes in providing physical and occupational therapy for work-related injuries. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The sale closed last week but was announced Friday, an Athletico spokeswoman said. The privately held companies do not disclose their revenue. Ronald Rucker and Angela Drumm of Carmody MacDonald PC served as legal counsel for The Work Center in the transaction . The Work Center has nine clinics,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - September 22, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Diana Barr Source Type: news

Enabling work: occupational therapy interventions for persons with occupational injuries and diseases: a scoping review - Blas AJT, Beltran KMB, Martinez PGV, Yao DPG.
PURPOSE This review aims to map the scope of published research on occupational therapy (OT) interventions and pertinent work and work-related outcomes for persons with occupational injuries and diseases. METHODS The scoping review adapted Arksey a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Demand prompts second location for Chautauqua physical therapy office
With demand growing and ongoing unmet need in the Mayville area, Chautauqua Physical& Occupational Therapy expanded with a second office site. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 7, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

Understanding social isolation among urban aging adults: informing occupation-based approaches - Hand C, Retrum J, Ware G, Iwasaki P, Moaalii G, Main DS.
Socially isolated aging adults are at risk of poor health and well-being. Occupational therapy can help address this issue; however, information is needed to guide such work. National surveys characterize social isolation in populations of aging adults but... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 1, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Surgery, OT Restores Hand Function After Devastating Injury (Video)
Treatment TermsHand pain and injuryPhysical and occupational therapy Author Hallie Potocki Overview Beth Hufner ’s body was shattered and her left hand hung motionless after she was struck by a truck during a morning run near her Hillsborough neighborhood. Duke orthopaedic specialists used complex surgery and extensive rehab to help her regain the use of her lifeless hand. Hero ImageHand Function Restored After Devastating Injury Preview Image Content Blocks Header Her Hand Hung Like a Rag Doll ContentIt was 6:30 on a crisp North Carolina morning in December 2016 when Hufner, 39, was struck by a pick-...
Source: dukehealth.org: Duke Health News - August 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dg62 at duke.edu Source Type: news

Surgery, OT Restores Hand Function After Devastating Injury
Treatment TermsHand pain and injuryPhysical and occupational therapy Author Hallie Potocki Overview Beth Hufner ’s body was shattered and her left hand hung motionless after she was struck by a truck during a morning run near her Hillsborough neighborhood. Duke orthopaedic specialists used complex surgery and extensive rehab to help her regain the use of her lifeless hand. Hero Image20170815_bethhufner_arm_01.jpg Preview Image Content Blocks Header Her Hand Hung Like a Rag Doll ContentIt was 6:30 on a crisp North Carolina morning in December 2016 when Hufner, 39, was struck by a pick-up truck that had...
Source: dukehealth.org: Duke Health News - August 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dg62 at duke.edu Source Type: news

Occupational therapy and veteran suicide: a call to action - Kashiwa A, Sweetman MM, Helgeson L.
Suicide in the U.S. military veteran population is an epidemic with a wide-ranging impact on individuals, families, and society. Death by suicide is preventable. The purpose of this article is to ignite a professional discussion about veteran suicide, a se... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Commentary Source Type: news

Our family ’s journey of the heart
When our son Nicholas was 5 weeks old, we brought him and his twin sister Emmy to our pediatrician for what we thought was a routine well visit. Though the twins had been born four weeks early, Nicholas had only been in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for a few days with low blood sugar and jaundice. Both babies seemed healthy and we had no major concerns. However, as we watched our pediatrician listen to Nicholas’ heart and pulse, we realized something wasn’t right. He told us the pulse in Nicholas’ lower extremities was weaker than the pulse in his upper body. He suspected Nicholas might have...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - July 10, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Liz Wilson Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories autism spectrum disorder Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program coarctation of the aorta Dr. Anjali Sadhwani Dr. Caitlin Rollins Dr. Christopher Baird Dr. Samantha Butler Source Type: news

Maryland Heights nursing home operator to pay $8.3 million in Medicare settlement
Maryland Heights-based nursing home operator Reliant Care Group LLC and several affiliates agreed to pay $8.3 million in a civil settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve claims they provided unnecessary physical, speech and occupational therapy to nursing home residents that was then billed to Medicare, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Wednesday. From January 2008 through April 2014, Reliant provided those therapies to nursing home residents who were in a skilled nursing facility… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 6, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Diana Barr Source Type: news

Fall prevention self-assessments via mobile 3D visualization technologies: community dwelling older adults' perceptions of opportunities and challenges - Hamm J, Money A, Atwal A.
BACKGROUND: In the field of occupational therapy, the assistive equipment provision process (AEPP) is a prominent preventive strategy used to promote independent living and to identify and alleviate fall risk factors via the provision of assistive equipmen... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Occupational Therapy Helps Young Adults With Diabetes Occupational Therapy Helps Young Adults With Diabetes
Facilitating chronic disease management is an emerging area within the field of occupational therapy.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news