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Meet Sonja Cusac, PT - Regional Manager of Sales and Business Development

Posted by ACP on Sep 3, 2019 12:06:52 PM

What do you do in your free time? 
I married my high school sweetheart and we have 3 beautiful daughters ages 21, 17, and 14. I love spending time with my family: going to sporting events like U of M softball (Go Blue!) and LAFC soccer (with my youngest daughter), watching movies, and just hanging out. My husband and I enjoy outdoor activities like kayaking, hiking, swimming, and relaxing.  We are thrilled about being new grandparents to our most wonderful baby, Grace!

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Topics: Employee Spotlight

Cough Up the Facts

Posted by Ed M. Bice, M.Ed., CCC-SLP on Aug 27, 2019 4:08:14 PM

Speech Pathologists who treat dysphagia often rely on a patient’s cough as a marker of aspiration. Other healthcare professionals have been educated that coughing is a sign of swallowing difficulty. How accurate is this statement in the geriatric population and what are other reasons a patient may be exhibiting a cough?

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Topics: Dysphagia

Core Set of Outcome Measures Across a Range of Populations

Posted by ACP on Aug 27, 2019 1:32:38 PM

The use of outcome measures has become the standard of care to objectively assess changes in function, quantify clinical observations, enhance interdisciplinary communication, and examine intervention effectiveness at the patient and practice levels. Inconsistent use of outcome measures remains an issue due to difficulty identifying the most suitable measures based on patient diagnosis, acuity of condition, or practice setting.

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Topics: Clinical Tip, Neuro Rehab

Improving Functional Mobility with Electrical Stimulation and Exercise

Posted by ACP on Aug 26, 2019 2:34:43 PM

Patient Information: Female, Age 76

Diagnosis: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) / Chronic Heart Failure (CHF) / Diabetic Neuropathy

History: This woman was referred to home health therapy services due to numerous falls, poor balance, and a decline in functional mobility. Over several months she became wheelchair-dependent in part due to fear of falling. Prior to this decline, she was independent with transfers and able to walk with a rolling walker to the dining room for meals in her assisted living facility.

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Topics: Fall Prevention & Balance, Patient Success Story, Cardiopulmonary

Decreasing Pain and Improving Functional Mobility Using Electrical Stimulation and Exercise

Posted by ACP on Aug 12, 2019 3:18:12 PM

Patient Information: Female, Age 70

Diagnosis: Left Femur Open Reduction Internal Fixation (ORIF) / Pain

History: This woman was admitted to a skilled nursing facility for rehabilitation services following hospitalization due to a fall at home resulting in a left femur fracture requiring surgical repair. Prior to her fall, she lived in a 2-story home with her husband and was independent with walking and all activities of daily living.

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Topics: Fall Prevention & Balance, Pain Management, Patient Success Story

Meet Jeremy Dunlap, PT, CPC, CES - Clinical Program Consultant

Posted by ACP on Aug 2, 2019 11:29:47 AM

What do you do in your free time? 
Having two young and energetic daughters doesn’t leave me with an abundance of free time, but my wife and I do love spending time with them and cheering them on in soccer, gymnastics, and school activities. I enjoy golf, hiking, spending time with family and friends, and travel. Over the winter, we traveled as a family to Thailand and we are looking forward to London and Romania this summer.

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Topics: Employee Spotlight

Defensible Documentation

Posted by ACP on Jul 24, 2019 12:55:21 PM

Per the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) “Defensible Documentation Tips” resource¹, the top 10 payer complaints about documentation (reasons for denials) include:

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Topics: Clinical Tip

Clinical Competence

Posted by Ed M. Bice, M.Ed., CCC-SLP on Jul 23, 2019 10:31:08 AM

As speech language pathologists, we are all familiar with the word “competence.” After a good deal of time invested in educational pursuits followed by a nine-month period of supervision, we are awarded our Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). The reality is, when I received my CCC, I could hardly consider myself competent in any area of practice.

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Topics: Dysphagia

Chronic Wound Healing Using Subthermal Diathermy

Posted by ACP on Jul 23, 2019 10:18:43 AM

Patient Information: Male, Age 87 Diagnosis: Pressure Ulcer / Type II Diabetes

History: This gentleman was transferred to a skilled nursing facility for long-term care with a long standing pressure ulcer. Nursing referred him to therapy for wound care intervention due to this non-healing stage IV (full thickness) coccyx (base of the spine) pressure ulcer despite being treated weekly be a wound care doctor and receiving daily wound care by nursing for almost 2 years (643 days). He also has type II diabetes and poor sitting posture which contributed to his slow healing.

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Topics: Patient Success Story, Wound Management

Decreasing Pain and Improving Functional Mobility after a Fall Using Electrical Stimulation and Dynamic Balance Training

Posted by ACP on Jul 11, 2019 8:58:26 AM

Patient Information: Female, Age 81

Diagnosis: Distal Femur Fracture / Fall Risk / Dementia

History: This woman was hospitalized for a surgical repair of her right femur, which she fractured in a fall. Following hospitalization, she was referred to a skilled nursing facility for rehabilitation to address decreased functional mobility and safety. Previously, she also had a hip and knee replacement on the same side. Prior to her fall she lived at home with her spouse and walked independently, including up and down four steps at the entrance of the home.

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Topics: Fall Prevention & Balance, Pain Management, Patient Success Story

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