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Foundation for PM&R Announces Grant Winners

ROSEMONT, IL -- The Foundation for PM&R announced Oct. 21 that it will present over $100,000 in research grant awards Nov. 15 during the AAPM&R Annual Assembly in San Diego. The grants are: Mallinckrodt Acute Pain Management Research Grant: -- Venu Akuthota, MD (University of Colorado, Denver), "Correlation of PROMIS Short Form to Legacy Functional and Pain Outcome Measures in Individuals undergoing Spinal Interventions for Acute Low Back Pain or Radicular Pain." Richard Materson ERF New ...

Posted on: October 25, 2014
ACSM Predicts Top Fitness Trends for 2015

INDIANAPOLIS -- The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) announced Oct. 24 its annual fitness trend forecast based on survey responses from thousands of fitness professionals. The results were released in the article "Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2015: What's Driving the Market" published in the November/December issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®. "It's no surprise to see body weight training claiming the top spot this year," said Walter R. Thompson, PhD, FACSM, lead ...

Posted on: October 24, 2014
Accelera Innovations Acquires SCI Home Health

CHICAGO -- Accelera Innovations Inc. announced Oct. 7 that they have closed on the acquisition of SCI Home Health Inc. (d/b/a Advance Lifecare Home Health). SCI is 100% Medicare certified, and is engaged in the business of providing home health care services. The programs offered are speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, skilled nursing by registered nurses, medical social workers, rehabilitation services, home health aides and providing medical supplies and equipment. "The acquisition ...

Posted on: October 22, 2014
SwimEx Introduces Triton Pool

FALL RIVER, MA -- SwimEx Inc. announced Oct. 21 the release of the Triton, the newest member of SwimEx's line of fitness and therapy pools. Available for both the commercial and residential markets, the Triton offers SwimEx construction at a more affordable price. "We developed the Triton to meet the demand of discerning customers who desired the luxury of the SwimEx brand at a lower price point," said Suzanne Vaughan, president of SwimEx. "We are extremely excited about what this pool offers, and I am ...

Posted on: October 21, 2014
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
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