Key points from recent developments this year include: Apple is in talks with private Medicare plans about getting Apple Watches into the hands — or on the wrists — of millions of people over the age of 65. Apple...
With telemedicine becoming more popular, medicare fraud targeting this new area has been on the rise. The caller said he was with Medicare. John Ernest didn’t believe him, said “no” to the brace and hung up. He didn’t give out...
The Washington Post wrote an article titled, "Overzealous in preventing falls, hospitals are producing an ‘epidemic of immobility’ in elderly patients". The content highlighted exactly what has been occurring in my hospital. In just a few days at the Ohio...
"Ransomware forces 3 hospitals to turn away all but the most critical patients" Just yesterday, I experienced my first "technical" barrier to patient care when our chart system prevented us from documenting plan of care. It affected our hospital network...
LA Times wrote a piece titled "Amazon Care may be to healthcare what Amazon Prime is to shopping". Now that is quite a prediction! Amazon currently handles a lot of the Internet's e-commerce, almost 50% at time of writing. Last year,...
Effective 10/1/2019 Under PDPM OT Services daily rate for each patient will be determined at admission by their "categorization" and entered into the MDS (minimum data set) based on: Diagnosis, Primary reason for SNF admission, 4 total: Major...
Hide the cones, hide the rings, and all the preparatory things. AOTA had an interesting post about Cody LaRue, MS, OTR/L, who was inspired to institute a new practice called "Functional Fridays" at his facility in Petersburg, VA. “Our emphasis is...
Occupational therapy still has a long way to go compared to other disciplines. During a discharge planning meeting, I had a patient on my caseload who would have benefitted from home health occupational therapy services. I believe they were...

MoCA Certification Requirement on 9/1/19

MoCA or Montreal Cognitive Assessment is an easy to administer screening tool for early detection of cognitive dysfunction. Conditions that the MoCA are commonly used for include Dementia, Parkinson's Disease, and Stroke. Currently, any clinician, health professional, or worker...