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PT, OT Top 'Hardest to Fill' List

ALEXANDRIA, VA -- The American Staffing Association released Oct. 15 the ASA Skills Gap Index, which tracks the number of hardest-to-fill occupations in the U.S., during Staffing World®, the association's annual convention and expo. The index identified 207 occupations as hard to fill. The top 10 hardest-to-fill occupations are:     Occupational therapists     Physical therapists     Truck drivers, heavy and ...

Posted on: October 20, 2014
RIC and Modus Health Collaborate on Stroke Therapy

CHICAGO -- The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) and modus health, a digital health company, announced Oct. 17 a collaboration aimed at deploying advanced digital technology to improve outcomes in patients undergoing rehabilitation post-stroke. This effort builds on RIC research utilizing the modus StepWatch™ wearable activity monitoring technology. The goal of the RIC/modus collaboration is to facilitate broad adoption of specific treatments for improving real-world walking in patients ...

Posted on: October 19, 2014
AOTA: Consumers Lack Rehab Info Under ACA

BETHESDA, MD -- In an effort to educate policymakers, consumers and its members about health benefits under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has finalized a report analyzing 266 health plans offered in state- and federal-based exchanges across the country relating to coverage of rehabilitative and habilitative services through a comprehensive review of Summaries of Benefits and Coverage. The ACA requires 10 categories of health care services to be covered ...

Posted on: October 18, 2014
MSU to Study Home Transition After Stroke

EAST LANSING, MI -- A new $2 million grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute will help Michigan State University researchers look at ways to improve the experience of transitioning from hospital to home after stroke. Mathew Reeves, a professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at MSU, along with colleagues in the School of Social Work, are using a method of assigning patients a social worker to assist in taking care of stroke patients. "Social workers have a unique ...

Posted on: October 17, 2014
OPTP Releases Mobilization DVD

MINNEAPOLIS -- OPTP announced a new series of DVDs, Mobilization Belt Techniques for Manual Therapy, that teaches mobilization techniques for the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, as well as the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee and ankle joints. Each mobilization is demonstrated in detail by Yousef Ghandour, PT, and includes patient positioning, belt placement and mobilization technique. Ghandour shows how manual therapy techniques can be enhanced using mobilization belts by supporting the patient's body or ...

Posted on: October 16, 2014
Wellness Connection Seeks Chase Grant

WASHINGTON -- The Wellness Connection LLC, a health and wellness service provider, is competing with local businesses across the country to win a $150,000 grant from Chase Bank as part of its newly launched program Mission Main Street Grants. The Wellness Connection needs to receive at least 250 votes from the public by Oct. 17 to be considered for the grant, through which it would be able to provide free psychological testing, behavioral therapy, individual and family counseling, psychiatric care, ...

Posted on: October 15, 2014
Net Health CEO to Present at NAOHP

PITTSBURGH -- Net Health announced Oct. 14 that CEO Anthony Sanzo will present at the Ryan Associates 28th National Conference, "Adapting to the New Healthcare Environment." Sanzo will lead a discussion focused on revenue cycle management in occupational medicine and urgent care facilities. The annual conference serves the National Association of Occupational Health Professionals (NAOHP) membership. During his feature interview with subject matter expert Lorena Villalobos of InsightRCM, Sanzo will ...

Posted on: October 14, 2014
Aureus Medical Group to Exhibit at OTAC

OMAHA, NE -- Aureus Medical Group, a national provider of healthcare staffing, announced Oct. 10 that it will participate as an exhibitor at the OTAC 38th Annual Conference to be held Oct. 16-19, 2014 at the Pasadena Hilton & Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, CA. The OTAC Annual Conference offers educational programming, networking opportunities, and exhibits with products and services. Representatives from Aureus Medical's Rehabilitation Therapy division will be available to speak with ...

Posted on: October 13, 2014
Burke Rehab Hospital Sends Team to NYC Marathon

WHITE PLAINS, NY -- Burke Rehabilitation Center announced Oct. 7 that it will send a team to the 44th annual TCS New York City Marathon on Nov. 2, 2014 to raise money for medical research at Burke. The team is made up of family members and friends of Brad Berman, a Larchmont, NY resident and former Burke patient who had a stroke in 2013. Berman, a father of two and a marathon runner himself, sustained a massive hemorrhagic stroke at age 37. The family learned that Berman had an AVM (arteriovenous ...

Posted on: October 12, 2014
Kessler Foundation Partners with New Jersey Health Foundation

WEST ORANGE, NJ -- Kessler Foundation announced Sept. 30 the signing of a formal affiliation agreement that allows Kessler Foundation and New Jersey Health Foundation (NJHF) to work together to advance biomedical research, education and patient care programs. "The experience of New Jersey Health Foundation in the areas of funding research, commercializing intellectual property and forming, funding and managing startup companies, coupled with the exciting, innovative research currently being developed at ...

Posted on: October 11, 2014
Mount Mary University Offering Online OTD

MILWAUKEE -- Mount Mary University announced Oct. 6 the introduction of an online doctorate in occupational therapy, targeting practicing professionals who have already received their masters in that field. The article appeared online Oct. 6 in the Milwaukee Business Journal. The part-time program is designed to be flexible and accommodate students so they can stay in their workplace and customize their learning schedules, according to the article. According to Mount Mary, of the more than 113,000 ...

Posted on: October 10, 2014
Reeve Foundation Launches 'The Big Idea'

SHORT HILLS, NJ -- The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation announced Oct. 9 the launch of "The Big Idea" -- a campaign to raise $15 million to fund the next phase of epidural stimulation research for spinal cord injuries. An April 2014 study in the medical journal Brain described how four young men who were paralyzed for years were able to voluntarily move their legs and bear weight as a result of epidural stimulation of the lower spinal cord. Participants experienced significant improvements with ...

Posted on: October 09, 2014
Consortium to Study Syndromes Linked to Autism

BOSTON -- Under a five-year, $6 million grant announced Oct. 8 by the National Institutes of Health, Boston Children's Hospital will lead 10 medical centers in studying three rare genetic syndromes that often cause autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual disability (ID). The study's ultimate goal is to launch clinical trials of new treatments and develop "biomarkers" that can be used to monitor treatment effectiveness -- for the three rare syndromes and possibly for broader groups of ASD/ID ...

Posted on: October 08, 2014
St. Catherine University Launches Online OTA Program

KENNETT SQUARE, PA -- Genesis Rehab Services and St. Catherine University (St. Paul-Minneapolis, Minn.) announced Oct. 7 their partnership to create an online occupational therapy assistant program. "As one of the nation's largest employers of occupational therapy practitioners, we see first-hand the growing need for OT services," said Diane Durham, OT, senior director of education and staff development at Genesis Rehab Services. "The role of the assistant will complement the overall profession of ...

Posted on: October 07, 2014
Husson University Opens Free Clinic

BANGOR, ME -- Husson University announced Oct. 5 the opening of SOARing Eagles Healthcare, a pro-bono physical therapy clinic offering free treatment to anyone, of any age, who cannot afford to pay. SOARing Eagles Healthcare is held in conjunction with Dragonfly Therapy on Hammond Street in Bangor. "We want to be the healing hands for anyone suffering from sports- or activity-related injuries; range of motion limitations; headaches; general aches and pains; or post-surgical pain," said Kimberly ...

Posted on: October 06, 2014
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