When to Know if You Need Therapy

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Every year, the National Rehabilitation Awareness Foundation designates a week in September to educate people about the benefits and impact of rehabilitation. Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech Language Pathologists all work together to help individuals overcome obstacles and accomplish normal tasks of daily living.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapists are the experts in the examination and treatment of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular problems that affect peoples’ abilities to move the way they want and function as well as they want in their daily lives.

*When do you need physical therapy?

  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Knee, ankle or foot problems
  • Sprains and muscle strains
  • Arthritis
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation after a serious injury
  • Chronic respiratory problems
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Shoulder problems
  • Problems with balance
  • Hip fractures
  • Incontinence

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy uses goal-directed activity in the evaluation and treatment of persons whose ability to function is impaired by normal aging, illness, injury or developmental disability. Treatment goals in occupational therapy include the promotion of functional independence and prevention of disability.

*Who should receive occupational therapy?

  • Individuals who have limitations in their abilities to carry out self-care activities
  • Individuals whose strength and endurance are at risk
  • Individuals whose ability to function in the community has been impaired
  • Individuals whose physical, cognitive, or psychological problems prevent them from achieving tasks that are currently meaningful and important to them
  • Limitations following a stroke or heart attack
  • Arthritis, multiple sclerosis, other chronic conditions, mental health problems including Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress


Speech Therapy

Speech language pathology, also known as Speech Therapy, is the study, diagnosis, and treatment of defects and disorders of the voice and of spoken and written communication. Speech therapy also evaluates and treats neurological and physical disorders and conditions caused by an injury or illness.

*Who should receive speech therapy?

  • Individuals that have swallowing difficulties
  • Individuals who have trouble with memory or have increased confusion
  • Individuals who cannot follow simple commands or have trouble understanding
  • Individuals who cannot formulate words and sentences correctly
  • Individuals who have slurred speech, are very hoarse, or strain to talk
  • Individuals who are having trouble reading and writing
  • Individuals that have lip, mouth or tongue weakness, lack of coordination or decreased range of motion

 

*Please consult your doctor before beginning any therapy treatment.

 

 

This article was originally posted here.

VaultMR is an electronic health care platform for physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, and nursing. The company has created a powerful, easy to use, interoperable platform through which health care facilities, administrators and clinicians engage, personalize and delight patient care.

When to Know if You Need Therapy

Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality Ignites Relationship with Healthcare Startup

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Clinicians aim for a common goal; to have their patients receive the best care possible. Part of assuring the consistent delivery of quality patient care is complying with federal regulations and hospital accreditation standards.

According to CMS.gov, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) covers 100 million people through Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs. If a hospital is not up to par with the standards CMS sets, they risk losing their Medicare certification as well as accreditation by deemed-status agencies. When this happens, most hospitals go out of business.

It was through a common desire to help hospitals be successful in the regulatory arena that a unique partnership between the Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality (CIHQ) and VaultMR was formed. CIHQ is a membership-based organization comprised primarily of acute care and critical access hospitals across the United States.

CIHQ became aware of a member organization’s desire to use VaultMR’s new electronic health record (EHR).  VaultMR is a Dallas-based startup that has built a highly intuitive EHR platform targeted for post-short-term acute care facilities.

“We saw a wonderful opportunity to partner with VaultMR in designing an EHR that helps hospitals comply with Medicare Conditions or Participation,” said Richard Curtis, Chief Executive Officer for CIHQ. “EHR companies often focus their energy on building platforms that are compliant for reimbursement – which is obviously important. But attention also needs to be paid to designing an EHR platform that complies with all of the regulations,” Curtis added.

The relationship made sense to VaultMR founder and Chief Operating Officer, Soumen Bhattacharya. “I was pleasantly surprised that they (CIHQ) reached out to us. We are a startup. But we are constantly working on improving the product and this consulting partnership provides more clarity over compliance issues within the industry,” he said.

Bhattacharya also considers how help from CIHQ eased the burden on hospital staff. “Long term benefits include overall customer satisfaction. By working with CIHQ’s consulting arm, we can improve our customers’ quality of documentation and ease some of their stress from overwhelming requirements,” he said.

After working together, both parties recognize the value of continuing the relationship. “We certainly look forward to working with VaultMR in the future. Our work to-date has already given us a better appreciation of the complexities of rehab care,” said Curtis.

 

 

VaultMR is an electronic health care platform for physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, and soon-to-be for nursing. The company has created a powerful, easy to use, interoperable platform through which health care facilities, administrators and clinicians engage, personalize and delight patient care.

Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality Ignites Relationship with Healthcare Startup