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Aegis Therapies Celebrates National Falls Prevention Awareness Day – Sept. 22, 2018

The first day of the 2018 fall season has been designated as National Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) to help raise awareness about how to help prevent fall-related injuries in older adults. This important day helps us remember to educate about the impact of falls and remember to use and share the available strategies we have available for fall prevention.

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Alphabet Soup: Spelling Out the Ongoing Evolution of PDPM

Chances are in the past few months you’ve seen something like this: CMS ANPRM of RCS-1 Replacing RUG-IV Now Updated by FY 2019 SNF Part A PPS PDPM. OK, maybe not exactly like that but you get the idea. Healthcare regulation is always a short course in acronyms but if you’re feeling like you’re swimming in alphabet stew rather than soup you’re not alone! Here, we’ve tried to unpack some of this, but first some background and a few definitions:

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Ten Benefits of Occupational Therapy

Growing older doesn’t mean you have to give up on the things you love to do!

Occupational therapy (OT) helps people to do the things they want and need to do during their daily lives. For many patients, occupational therapy is required after injury or illness to help return to regular activity.

Here are some benefits of occupational therapy:

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Therapy Caps Repeal Included in Bipartisan Budget Act

On Feb. 9, 2018, after some delays and political wrangling, the Senate approved the two year budget deal that had been agreed upon by Senate Leadership.  The Bill was immediately returned to the House that had previously passed their version Wednesday, Feb. 7.  The House then passed the Bill, and it was signed Feb. 9 by the President.  The measure increases discretionary spending caps imposed for FY 2018 and FY 2019, extends continuing appropriations funding the federal government until March 23, 2018, suspends the public debt limit until March 1, 2019, and includes other funding and policy provisions.

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End of Year Therapy Caps Update

At the end of 2017, we had hoped that there would be a vehicle for Congress to address the issue of the expiring Therapy Caps exceptions process.  But following the flurry of legislative activity the last couple weeks in December, Congress adjourned for 2017 and did not enact legislation to address what is often referred to as Medicare “extender payment policies.” These policies expired on Dec. 31, 2017 and include the Part B therapy cap exception process. This means that effective Jan. 1, 2018, Medicare Part B providers are operating under prior therapy caps without any exceptions based on patient need. We believe that it is highly likely Congress will fix this issue when they return this month and our hope is that they will fix it by the time they must address the current Continuing Resolution (extending government funding) that expires on Jan. 19.

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