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Stanbridge College OT Students Present at Conference
IRVINE, CA -- Stanbridge College announced Nov. 26 that students and faculty from the master of science in occupational therapy (MSOT) program presented research at the 39th Annual Conference of the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC), held Oct. 22-25 in Sacramento. Five thesis groups displayed posters and research findings. "For Stanbridge MSOT students to present at a professional meeting like OTAC's annual conference alongside faculty, mentors, and experts in the field is a rare ...
Posted on: November 30, 2015
New York Becomes 50th State to License OTAs
ALBANY, NY -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Nov. 20 to make New York the 50th state to enact legislation requiring licensure for occupational therapy assistants. "This is a landmark event for New York state occupational therapists," said Gloria Lucker, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, BCP, president of the New York State Occupational Therapy Association. "Finally, after 30 years, we have full recognition for occupational therapy assistants in our state. I am so proud of our occupational therapists and ...
Posted on: November 29, 2015
Joint Commission Suspends Hospital Ratings for 2016
The Joint Commission (JC) is suspending hospital ratings for 2016, according to Medscape Medical News. The nation's main accreditation agency for hospitals is one of several groups that annually rate and rank these institutions, using a variety of performance measures. Since 2010, the JC has singled out Top Performer hospitals for scoring consistently high on measures of evidence-based care. They now cover 49 clinical processes, such as performing fibrinolytic therapy within 30 minutes for patients with ...
Posted on: November 28, 2015
NQF Report Recommends Participation in Medicare Quality Initiatives
WASHINGTON, DC -- A new National Quality Forum (NQF) report recommends the integration of rural healthcare providers into federal public reporting and value-based payment programs. The report, which summarizes the recommendations of a multi-stakeholder Rural Health Committee convened by NQF, notes the urgency for integrating rural providers into Medicare quality improvement programs in light of recent Congressional legislative actions and efforts by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to ...
Posted on: November 27, 2015
Riverside Regional Medical Center Receives Stroke Designation
NEWPORT NEWS, VA -- Riverside Health System announced Oct. 14 that its tertiary care hospital, Riverside Regional Medical Center (RRMC), has been designated a Comprehensive Stroke Center by DNV GL Healthcare. With the news, Riverside becomes one of only three comprehensive stroke centers in Virginia. Comprehensive Stroke Center is the highest level that can be achieved by a stroke-care program under DNV GL Healthcare certification. DNV GL Healthcare is an accreditor of hospitals and health systems in the ...
Posted on: November 26, 2015
Meditation Better Than Placebo for Pain Relief
WINSTON-SALEM, NC -- Mindfulness meditation reduces reported pain significantly more than does placebo, say U.S. investigators, who found that different neural mechanisms are employed by different pain relief interventions. The study of healthy volunteers revealed that although a placebo cream and sham mindfulness meditation significantly reduced experienced pain in response to a thermal stimulus, mindfulness meditation achieved pain reductions significantly greater than both. The findings also showed ...
Posted on: November 25, 2015
Obesity Linked to Higher Risk of Surgeries
ROSEMONT, IL -- A study appearing in the Nov. 18 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (JBJS) finds a link between obesity and a higher risk for surgery in orthopedic trauma patients. In addition, researchers found that patients with obesity had longer hospital stays and greater treatment costs. They were also more likely to be discharged to a care facility, rather than to home. Researchers identified 301 patients with multiple orthopedic injuries at a Level I trauma center from 2006 to 2011. ...
Posted on: November 24, 2015
CHESS Partners with Goshen Medical Center
HIGH POINT, NC -- CHESS, a health enablement solutions company, and Goshen Medical Center (GMC) announced Nov. 23 that they have joined into a long-term partnership that will assist GMC in transitioning its healthcare delivery model from one based on fee-for-service (volume-based) to one rooted in pay-for-performance (value-based). "As healthcare reimbursements migrate to payment models based on quality, outcomes and cost, we expect our work with CHESS to help us stay ahead of the curve," said Greg ...
Posted on: November 23, 2015
HealthSouth Teams with St. Joseph Health System on Rehab Hospital
BIRMINGHAM, AL -- HealthSouth Corp. and St. Joseph Health System, a member of Catholic Health Initiatives, announced Nov. 20 an agreement to jointly own and operate a 30-bed inpatient physical rehabilitation hospital in Bryan, Texas. The hospital will be named CHI St. Joseph Health Rehabilitation Hospital, a partnership with HealthSouth. Initially, the joint venture will own and operate St. Joseph's existing 19-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital located at 1600 Joseph Drive in Bryan, Texas. The joint ...
Posted on: November 22, 2015
MedStar Rehabilitation Network Receives Vehicle Donation
WASHINGTON -- MedStar National Rehabilitation Network announced Nov. 18 that it has received a donation of a 2015 Volkswagen Passat, with special modifications and wrapping courtesy of GEICO. The stationary vehicle is designed to help patients recovering from injuries and illnesses such as stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, and orthopedic injuries learn to safely transfer in and out of a car. The vehicle also serves a role in the MedStar NRH Driver's Education Program's evaluation process. In both ...
Posted on: November 21, 2015
ATI Foundation Hosts Fundraising Gala
CHICAGO -- The ATI Foundation announced Nov. 19 that it raised more than $86,000 at its most recent gala, held Nov. 14 at Navy Pier in Chicago, for children with physical impairments. The ATI Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization founded by ATI Physical Therapy. The families of four local children were honored at this year's gala as special guests, sharing their stories and the difference the ATI Foundation has made in their lives. "The kids and families we honored at this year's ATI ...
Posted on: November 20, 2015
OPTP Releases 2nd Edition of Pilates Text
MINNEAPOLIS -- OPTP announced Nov. 19 the release of Stretch Out® Strap Pilates Essentials 2nd Edition, by Angela Kneale, OTD, OTR.The book shows participants how to enhance Pilates movements by using the original Stretch Out® Strap, a tool that features multiple loops for deep, personalized self-stretching. Readers learn dynamic exercises that lengthen and strengthen the body while challenging core stability and control. The exercises, optimized by the Stretch Out Strap, are designed to ...
Posted on: November 19, 2015
Research Shows Benefits of Bike Riding in Autism
RAPID CITY, SD -- New research by Andrew Shim, chair of Briar Cliff University's Kinesiology and Human Performance Department, confirms that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) show a significant improvement in limit of stability (LoS) outcomes after riding a balance bike for five weeks. "Stability scores in all body planes were significantly improved during the five-week duration," said Shim, who conducted the research at the Pier Center for Autism in Sioux City, Iowa. The five-week study ...
Posted on: November 18, 2015
Optometrist Speaks at Oklahoma OT Conference
TULSA, OK -- Monte Harrel, optometrist and founder of Harrel Eyecare Centers in Tulsa, OK, spoke at the Oklahoma Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference Nov. 25. The conference discussed new research on tools available to help people recovering from recent injury and to improve learning, and the benefits of vision care for many local area residents. "A big part of the gathering was about the value of engaging people and improving outcomes in learning and rehabilitation," said Harrel. ...
Posted on: November 16, 2015
PT Solutions Opens Atlanta Location
ATLANTA -- PT Solutions announced Nov. 12 the opening of PT Solutions of Morningside in Atlanta. The location marks the practice's 70th clinic and 19th in Georgia in a network of locations that includes Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana and Tennessee. Clinic Director John Michael Caraway, PT, DPT, will oversee the facility, which offers physical therapy, manual therapy, industrial rehab, spinal care, temporomandibular disorders, balance and dizziness, sports medicine, and ...
Posted on: November 15, 2015