The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced on Tuesday that the expansion of coverage to chronic heart failure patients is official.
As RehabCare Advantage wrote in December, Medicare proposed including coverage for chronic heart failure (CHF) patients in 2013. The previous standard meant that patients only received coverage for major coronary events that took place within a certain time frame. But an analysis of cardiac rehab literature that began in 2006 convinced CMS that rehab is appropriate for patients with steady and chronic heart failure.
“Who can say that therapy after surgery is an enjoyable experience? But I just love it.”
Though sessions are challenging, Father William Kurz was pleasantly surprised by how much he liked his physical therapy treatment following hip surgery. He was thrilled by how quickly he made progress as his therapists helped him begin to walk again.
A recent article in Provider Magazine reminds rehab teams that from start to finish, clinicians need to consistently communicate with and listen to all parties involved in the patient’s care.
From the outset, the patient and the multidisciplinary rehab team should take the opportunity to educate each other. Clinicians inform the patient and the patient’s family about the clinical implications of stroke, and the patient gets the chance to explain their goals and their life before their stroke.
Many of us focus on losing weight as the New Year begins, but it can be hard to know the best way to reach our goals. Everywhere we turn there is a new, “guaranteed” weight loss program or exercise fad vying for our attention and our dollars. Although there is a lot of solid research available to assist us in identifying a good program, that information is often in the shadows of the highly marketed money-making programs. We typically focus on what looks to be a quick and easy fix.
67% of the US population is currently overweight or obese1. This epidemic has increased the need for research into what works and what doesn’t work to guide people to safe weigh loss strategies. Recent findings support much of what we already know: There are still no quick fixes that are sustainable.
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