Medicare payment change is making it harder for some patients to get home health care
Experts say there are fewer incentives for agencies to deal with those who need extensive physical, occupational and speech therapy — and some are losing services. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Judith Graham Source Type: news

Access to speech-language pathology therapy and continuity of assistance in Primary Health Care for victims of motorcycle accidents - Silva MGPD, Silva VL, Nascimento CMBD, Vilela MBR, Lima MLLT.
PURPOSE: To verify the access to speech-language pathology (SLP) therapy and continuity of assistance in Primary Health Care (PHC) for victims of motorcycle accidents. METHODS: A quantitative and qualitative study was conducted at a large hospital ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Purdue speech-language entrepreneur elected fellow of National Academy of Inventors
(Purdue University) Jessica Huber, a professor in Purdue University's Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, has been elected a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

A Change in Medicare Has Therapists Alarmed
Medicare revamped its reimbursement policy for physical, occupational and speech therapy in nursing homes. That has left some patients with less help. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paula Span Tags: Therapy and Rehabilitation Elderly Nursing Homes Health Insurance and Managed Care Medicare Elder Care Physical Therapy Home Health Care Labor and Jobs Regulation and Deregulation of Industry your-feed-health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; CY 2020 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update; Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model; Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements; and Home Infusion Therapy Requirements
Notice of final rule with comment period from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding updates to the home health prospective payment system (HH PPS) and wage index for CY 2020. Among other things, the final rule implements changes to the unit payment from 60-day episodes of care to 30-day periods of care, allows physical, occupational, and speech-language pathology therapist assistants to provide maintenance therapy, makes changes to home health quality reporting program measures, and updates home infusion therapy payment rates for CY 2020. The final rule will be effective January 1, 2010 and comments are ...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 8, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

What Does Non-Verbal Mean?
Discussion Children can be non-verbal for many reasons with most just not wanting to talk in a given situation for a short period of time (e.g. angry with a person, scared to give a speech at school, etc.). Children may have the ability to communicate verbally but for some reason it is physically impaired for a period of time. Selective mutism (SM) “… is characterized by an individual’s consistent failure to speak in social situations in which there is an expectation to speak (e.g., at school), despite speaking in other situations.” The lack of speech cannot be due to discomfort speaking in a give...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - November 4, 2019 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; CY 2020 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update; Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model; Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements; and Home Infusion Therapy Requirements
Pre-publication notice of final rule with comment period from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding updates to the home health prospective payment system (HH PPS) and wage index for CY 2020. Among other things, the final rule implements changes to the unit payment from 60-day episodes of care to 30-day periods of care, allows physical, occupational, and speech-language pathology therapist assistants to provide maintenance therapy, makes changes to home health quality reporting program measures, and updates home infusion therapy payment rates for CY 2020. The final rule will be effective January 1, 2010 a...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 1, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Clinics, Rehabilitation Agencies, and Public Health Agency Requirements: CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) Emergency Preparedness Final Rule
Source: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services] (HHS ASPR). Published: 11/2019. This 38-page document from TRACIE (Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange), updated in November 2019, combines excerpts from the Emergency Preparedness Final Rule and the recently released Interpretive Guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide a consolidated overview document for the Clinics, Rehabilitation Agencies, and Public Health Agencies as providers of Outpatient Physical Therapy and Speech-Language Path...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Speech-language pathologists' comfort providing intervention to children with traumatic brain injury: results from a national survey - Pelatti CY, Bush EJ, Farquharson K, Schneider-Cline W, Harvey J, Carter MW.
This study inc... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) Emergency Preparedness Rule Toolkits
Source: Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Published: 10/2019. This web page provides toolkits about the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Emergency Preparedness Rule that give facilities that fall under the new rule an overview of the requirements for their provider type, as well as some sample templates that can be used in their planning efforts. Toolkits and workbooks are provided for Ambulatory Surgical Centers; End State Renal Disease Facilities (Dialysis); Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID); Long Term Care: Skilled Nursing Facilities; Home Health Agen...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - October 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Intimate partner violence and women with disabilities: the role of speech-language pathologists - Ballan MS, Freyer M.
This article is a call to action for speech-language pathologists to address the overlooked problem of intimate partner violence (IPV) among women with communication disorders (CDs). The article aims to heighten awareness of the higher rates of IPV in wome... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

A New Hope: Seal Learns To Sing Star Wars Theme
Researchers say teaching seals to copy melodies might help inform speech therapy for humans.(Image credit: Courtesy of Amanda Stansbury) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - June 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Daniella Cheslow Source Type: news

Postcode lottery for speech therapy, says commissioner
England's children's commissioner highlights "enormous variation" in money spent across the regions. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The speech-language pathologists' role in mild traumatic brain injury for middle and high school-age children: viewpoints on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Brown J, O'Brien K, Knollman-Porter K, Wallace T.
PURPOSE The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released guidelines for rehabilitation professionals regarding the care of children with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Given that mTBI impacts millions of children each year and ca... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

The speech-language pathologists' role in mild traumatic brain injury for early childhood-, preschool-, and elementary school-age children: viewpoints on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Lundine JP, Ciccia AH, Brown J.
PURPOSE Traumatic brain injury (TBI) impacts millions of children each year, with those between birth and 4 years of age being 1 of the highest incidence groups. To address gaps in service provision specifically for children with mild TBI (mTBI), the Cente... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

One-Of-A-Kind Lyme Disease Program At Spaulding In High Demand
BOSTON (CBS) — Looking back at baby pictures reminds Brandi Dean of a terrifying scare during her second pregnancy. It turns out the Wellesley mom had Lyme disease. “All of a sudden, the right side of my body was completely numb. My heart was racing. I was disoriented and I said, ‘I think you need to take me to the hospital,’” she remembered. After the standard antibiotic treatment, Dean still didn’t feel right. “I’d gone to 12 different specialists and they all had diagnosed me with anxiety.” She had what the Centers for Disease Control calls Post-Treatment Lyme Syndro...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall LYME DISEASE spaulding hospital Source Type: news

U.S. Parents Worried About Child's Communication Skills
TUESDAY, May 14, 2019 -- One-quarter of parents with children younger than age 8 years are concerned about their child's ability to communicate, according to poll results released by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Between... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - May 14, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

SNF Medical Directors and Clinicians in PDPM Have Vital Role
On October 1, 2019, the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) will change how skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) are reimbursed for post-acute care provided to Medicare A recipients. The major change from the existing Resource Utilization Group (RUG IV) system is the shift in focus from therapy to patients ’ clinical characteristics and services rendered. This is a natural transition because the role of SNFs has evolved over time, from rehabilitation to subacute care for medically complex patients. PDPM separates therapy and nursing as distinct payment drivers and further distinguishes physical ther apy, occupational th...
Source: Caring for the Ages - April 27, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: Rajeev Kumar Tags: Guest Editorial Source Type: news

Foreman Therapy Services: finalist
Foreman Therapy Services is a finalist for the Entrepreneurial Opportunity Contest in partnership with BBVA Compass. For more information on the contest, click here. Company description: Foreman Therapy Services (FTS) is a healthcare staffing company providing physical, occupational and speech therapists to home health agencies across the country.   Our mission statement is to change the culture of the home health industry. This ties in everything from t he type of staff we want to hire, the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - April 17, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: The Business Journals Content Studio Source Type: news

Foreman Therapy Services: Entrepreneurial Opportunity Contest finalist
Company description: Foreman Therapy Services (FTS) is a healthcare staffing company providing physical, occupational and speech therapists to home health agencies across the country.    Our mission statement is to change the culture of the home health industry. This ties in everything from the type of staff we want to hire, the type of work environment we want to create, the type of team we want to build and the level of quality we want to deliver to our patients.   The ho me health industry… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - April 10, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: The Business Journals Content Studio Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Application From the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) for Its Outpatient Physical Therapy and Speech Language Pathology Services Accreditation Program
Final notice from the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the approval of the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) as a national accrediting organization for outpatient speech language pathology and physical therapy services at public health agencies, clinics, and rehabilitation agencies that want to participate in Medicaid or Medicare programs. The approval is effective April 4, 2019 through April 4, 2025. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 1, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Einstein Adds Curriculum on Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
BRONX, NY—(February 28, 2019)—Children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) have long benefited from the training pediatricians receive to treat autism, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, or other disorders. Their doctors often connect these young patients with many professionals—from physical, occupational, and speech therapists to psychologists, social workers, and special-care dentists. But as children grow up, they soon discover there are far fewer physicians aware of their unique needs. (Source: Einstein News)
Source: Einstein News - February 28, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Electrical stimulation of brain trialled as aid to treating stutter
Technique could help speed up fluency training and make the effects more permanentPeople who stutter are being given electrical brain stimulation in a clinical trial aimed at improving fluency without the need for gruelling speech training.If shown to be effective, the technique – which involves passing an almost imperceptible current through the brain – could be routinely offered by speech therapists.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 25, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Devlin Science correspondent Tags: Neuroscience Language Medical research Source Type: news

Health Tip: Before You Get Help for Stuttering
-- Different speech therapists have differing approaches for stuttering, so it's important to evaluate your needs before choosing a therapist, the Stuttering Foundation says. Before starting treatment, the Foundation suggests asking therapist... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 6, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

What is Genomic Imprinting?
Discussion Silver-Russell syndrome (SRS) is a rare genetic syndrome first characterized by Silver in 1953 and Russell in 1954. Patients with SRS have characteristic growth patterns and clinical findings, although within an individual patient there are phenotypical differences. Patients are born small-for-gestational age (SGA) but have a relative macrocephaly. There is postnatal growth failure and difficulty feeding, with a very low body mass index. Body asymmetry (e.g. hemihypertrophy) and facial features (i.e. protruding forehead, triangular facies, micrognathia, dental anomalies, downturned mouth corners, and ear anomali...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - November 26, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Incalculable harm to special needs education | Letters
Guardian readers respond to our report on the rise in families desperate for educational support for their childrenAn increasingly effective framework of support for some of the nation ’s most vulnerable children and their families, young people with special educational needs and disabilities, that has shown steady progress since the groundbreaking 1978 Warnock report, has been destroyed by the policies of Michael Gove and George Osborne (Crisis looms for special needs education, 23 October).As a former local education authority (LEA) senior adviser and higher education lecturer for special educational needs (SEN), I...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 24, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Letters Tags: Special educational needs Disability Society Michael Gove Politics George Osborne Austerity Economics Business Teaching Schools Psychology Science Conservatives Source Type: news

Social communication assessment after TBI: a narrative review of innovations in pragmatic and discourse assessment methods - Steel J, Togher L.
BACKGROUND: Social communication assessment after traumatic brain injury (TBI) remains a challenging area within speech-language pathology (SLP) clinical practice. Difficulties include the lack of TBI-specific standardized assessment instruments and limite... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

WATCH: A speech therapy session with US's youngest face transplant recipient
A year after her surgery, Katie Stubblefield is still adjusting to life with her new face, which includes learning how to talk again. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nightline Source Type: news

How speech-language pathologists can minimize bullying of children who stutter - Yaruss JS, Reeves N, Herring C.
This article summarizes six key steps, based on the work of Murphy and colleagues, that clinicians can take to minimize th... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Stealthy TheraNova spinout Piccolo Medical raises $2.3m
Piccolo Medical, a stealthy spinout from medical device incubator TheraNova, yesterday reported raising a funding round worth more than $2 million. The San Francisco-based company, founded in 2016, is developing catheter navigation technology, according to its LinkedIn page. Founder & CEO Alexey Salamini (an Olympic gold medalist in rowing) also started Speech Buddies, which sells pediatric speech therapy devices and connects patients with speech therapists. Salamini also co-founded miraDry developer Miramar Labs, which was acquired for $20 million in cash and another $14 million in potential milestones last ...
Source: Mass Device - August 24, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Catheters Funding Roundup Piccolo Medical Source Type: news

Brain Stimulation May Significantly Improve Post-Stroke Aphasia Brain Stimulation May Significantly Improve Post-Stroke Aphasia
Researchers looking to offer relief to people who have aphasia after experiencing a stroke assessed noninvasive brain stimulation as a way to boost gains from speech therapy.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Recognizing Early Childhood Speech Problems
MONDAY, Aug. 6, 2018 -- You eagerly await baby's first words and delight at his growing vocabulary. But that excitement may cause you to miss speech problems that should be corrected quickly. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 6, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Bham investment firm acquires $27M Austin hospital
A Birmingham health care real estate investment company has made a multimillion purchase in a suburb of Austin. The Sanders Trust acquired Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospital at 5980 Kyle Parkway in Kyle, Texas, in a $27 million deal. The two-story, 54,400-square-foot hospital is leased by a joint venture between Post Acute Medical, Seton Healthcare and Medcore Partners. In addition to medical rehabilit ation management, the hospital provides physical therapy, speech language pathology, occupational… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - July 13, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Health Tip: Recognizing Hearing Loss in Infants
-- If an infant has hearing loss, it can affect the child's ability to develop speech, language and social skills, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. An infant's first hearing screening is recommended typically within the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 10, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Tablet computers can be of use in speech therapy for kids
(Kazan Federal University) Thus, computer games have been established to be a potential benefit for speech therapy and for children's motivation and satisfaction from classes. Moreover, games can be used both in hospitals and in outpatient activities. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How Tech As Therapy Can Be Big Business
How a speech therapy app is helping children to overcome speech impediments, and have fun in the process. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - June 22, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Alice Bonasio, Contributor Source Type: news

What is the Developmental Outcomes of Patients with 22q11 Deletion Sequence?
Discussion 22q11.2 deletion sequence (22q11) is the most common micro-deletion syndrome. Most deletions are de novo. It affects ~1 in 2000-4000 live births. As it is autosomal, it affects males and females equally. Childhood mortality is low and often associated with congenital heart defects. Its phenotypic expression is highly variable. Some of the most common medical problems are: Congenital heart defects especially conotruncal abnormalities Palatal problems especially velopharyngeal incompetence and/or cleft lip/palate Immunodeficiency especially T-cell lymphopenia, but also abnormalities of IgG production, autoimmu...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - June 11, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Medical News Today: How to stop or reduce a stutter
An estimated 70 million people worldwide are affected by stuttering. For some, it can significantly impact communication. Here, we discuss the types of stutter and ways to manage them. Learn tips to use on a daily basis and which long-term solutions can help, including speech therapy and altered auditory devices. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology / Neuroscience Source Type: news

Many Parents Miss Speech Disorders in Young Kids
The poll of more than 1,100 audiologists and speech-language pathologists across the United States found that 69 percent said parents of young children are not aware of the early warning signs of  speech/language disorders. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

French Man First to Have Second Face Transplant
Along with medicines to reduce the risk that the second transplant is rejected, Hamon is also receiving mental health support and speech therapy. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - April 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is accepting public comment on an information collection for the request for certification in Medicare and Medicaid programs for providers of outpatient physical therapy and/or speech-language pathology which is used to determine if the provider conditions of participation are met. Comments are due by May 14, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 13, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

New Drug Could Help Treat Core Symptoms Of Autism
BOSTON (CBS) – Currently 1 in 68 children has an autism spectrum disorder in the United States and there’s no drug yet to treat it, but now researchers at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York are studying whether a first-of-its kind drug, called Balovaptan, could make a difference. Balovaptan prevents a molecule from binding to brain receptors and is designed to improve social interaction and communication in people with autism. Previous research in adults has been promising. Researchers say this treatment would not be a cure and that kids would still need speech therapy, occupational therapy and educat...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Autism Autism Drug Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Stephen Hawking May Have Been the Longest-Living ALS Survivor. Here ’s What We Know
The world lost one of its most brilliant scientific minds Wednesday, when legendary physicist Stephen Hawking died at age 76. Hawking’s cause of death was likely amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, a neurodegenerative disease that wears away at nerve and muscle function over time. He was first diagnosed with ALS more than five decades ago, at age 21, and was initially given just a few years to live — making the very nature of his long, illustrious career as much of a scientific marvel as the theories and discoveries it yielded. Here’s what to know about ALS, and what may have allowed Hawking to beat th...
Source: TIME: Health - March 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime medicine onetime Source Type: news

Medicare Therapy Caps Repealed by Congress
17 hours ago ... “Millions of vulnerable patients who need occupational, physical and speech- language therapy will now be protected from an arbitrary limit on how much Medicare will pay for needed therapy,” said Nancy LeaMond, AARP's executive vice president and chief advocacy and engagement officer. LeaMond  ... (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - February 10, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Knowledge, confidence, and practice patterns of speech-language pathologists working with adults with traumatic brain injury - Riedeman S, Turkstra L.
PURPOSE: Although speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are important members of the health care team serving adults with traumatic brain injury (TBI) with cognitive-communication disorders, little is known about services SLPs deliver and how they rate their... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Toughen up, senior snowflakes, swearing at work is good for us | Andr é Spicer
Evidence suggests that older people are more offended by foul language, but perhaps they should embrace it and find something else to complain aboutTaking offence has become hobby number one among the young. According to some, today ’s teens and twentysomethings are part ofgeneration snowflake. These fragile souls are supposed to find any intrusion into their carefully curated digital universe a form of “symbolic violence”. To protect themselves, they call for “trigger warnings”, “no-platforming”, and “safe spaces”. Now the older generation have had enough. They want a ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 15, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Andr é Spicer Tags: Work & careers Older people Freedom of speech Language Psychology UK news Source Type: news

Clinics, Rehabilitation Agencies, and Public Health Agency Requirements: CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) Emergency Preparedness Final Rule
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. 12/12/2017 This 38-page document from TRACIE (Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange) combines excerpts from the Emergency Preparedness Final Rule and the recently released Interpretive Guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide a consolidated overview document for the Clinics, Rehabilitation Agencies, and Public Health Agencies as providers of Outpatient Physical Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology Services Requirements. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit:...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Reena ’s story: A bright future with short bowel syndrome
She’s just 16, but Reena Zuckerman knows exactly what she wants to be doing in another 10 years. “My dream is to play on the press team in the annual Women’s Congressional Softball Game,” says the aspiring political journalist. Since 2009, the event has pitted members of Congress against the press corps, raising nearly a million dollars for charity. “When I’m not doing schoolwork or watching TV, I’m listening to political podcasts and NPR,” Reena confesses. It’s an impressive goal, but one that’s no doubt attainable for this driven teen, who’s been pushing h...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - November 10, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jessica Cerretani Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Center for Advanced Intestinal Rehabilitation Dr. Tom Jaksic G-tube short bowel syndrome (SBS). volvulus Source Type: news

Pentax adds ASHA ’ s voice problem assessment tools into voice and speech software
Hoya‘s Pentax Medical said today it inked a licensing agreement with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association to incorporate a tool it designed to help assess voice problems into a software modules used in Pentax’s voice and speech assessment products. The Consensus Auditory-Perceptual Evaluation of Voice tool was developed by the ASHA to “provide a standardized protocol and assessment form for speech-language pathologists to describe and document clinical auditory-perceptual assessments of voice quality,” according to a press release. The iCAPE-V tool will be integrated into a new soft...
Source: Mass Device - November 9, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Diagnostics Software / IT Hoya Corp. Pentax Medical Source Type: news

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