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SwimEx Introduces Triton Pool

FALL RIVER, MA -- SwimEx Inc. announced Oct. 21 the release of the Triton, the newest member of SwimEx's line of fitness and therapy pools. Available for both the commercial and residential markets, the Triton offers SwimEx construction at a more affordable price. "We developed the Triton to meet the demand of discerning customers who desired the luxury of the SwimEx brand at a lower price point," said Suzanne Vaughan, president of SwimEx. "We are extremely excited about what this pool offers, and I am ...

Posted on: October 21, 2014
PT, OT Top 'Hardest to Fill' List

ALEXANDRIA, VA -- The American Staffing Association released Oct. 15 the ASA Skills Gap Index, which tracks the number of hardest-to-fill occupations in the U.S., during Staffing World®, the association's annual convention and expo. The index identified 207 occupations as hard to fill. The top 10 hardest-to-fill occupations are:     Occupational therapists     Physical therapists     Truck drivers, heavy and ...

Posted on: October 20, 2014
RIC and Modus Health Collaborate on Stroke Therapy

CHICAGO -- The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) and modus health, a digital health company, announced Oct. 17 a collaboration aimed at deploying advanced digital technology to improve outcomes in patients undergoing rehabilitation post-stroke. This effort builds on RIC research utilizing the modus StepWatch™ wearable activity monitoring technology. The goal of the RIC/modus collaboration is to facilitate broad adoption of specific treatments for improving real-world walking in patients ...

Posted on: October 19, 2014
AOTA: Consumers Lack Rehab Info Under ACA

BETHESDA, MD -- In an effort to educate policymakers, consumers and its members about health benefits under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has finalized a report analyzing 266 health plans offered in state- and federal-based exchanges across the country relating to coverage of rehabilitative and habilitative services through a comprehensive review of Summaries of Benefits and Coverage. The ACA requires 10 categories of health care services to be covered ...

Posted on: October 18, 2014
MSU to Study Home Transition After Stroke

EAST LANSING, MI -- A new $2 million grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute will help Michigan State University researchers look at ways to improve the experience of transitioning from hospital to home after stroke. Mathew Reeves, a professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at MSU, along with colleagues in the School of Social Work, are using a method of assigning patients a social worker to assist in taking care of stroke patients. "Social workers have a unique ...

Posted on: October 17, 2014
OPTP Releases Mobilization DVD

MINNEAPOLIS -- OPTP announced a new series of DVDs, Mobilization Belt Techniques for Manual Therapy, that teaches mobilization techniques for the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, as well as the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee and ankle joints. Each mobilization is demonstrated in detail by Yousef Ghandour, PT, and includes patient positioning, belt placement and mobilization technique. Ghandour shows how manual therapy techniques can be enhanced using mobilization belts by supporting the patient's body or ...

Posted on: October 16, 2014
Wellness Connection Seeks Chase Grant

WASHINGTON -- The Wellness Connection LLC, a health and wellness service provider, is competing with local businesses across the country to win a $150,000 grant from Chase Bank as part of its newly launched program Mission Main Street Grants. The Wellness Connection needs to receive at least 250 votes from the public by Oct. 17 to be considered for the grant, through which it would be able to provide free psychological testing, behavioral therapy, individual and family counseling, psychiatric care, ...

Posted on: October 15, 2014
Net Health CEO to Present at NAOHP

PITTSBURGH -- Net Health announced Oct. 14 that CEO Anthony Sanzo will present at the Ryan Associates 28th National Conference, "Adapting to the New Healthcare Environment." Sanzo will lead a discussion focused on revenue cycle management in occupational medicine and urgent care facilities. The annual conference serves the National Association of Occupational Health Professionals (NAOHP) membership. During his feature interview with subject matter expert Lorena Villalobos of InsightRCM, Sanzo will ...

Posted on: October 14, 2014
MossRehab Concussion Program Awarded Grant

PHILADELPHIA -- MossRehab's Concussion Program has been awarded a TBI mini-grant by the Pennsylvania Department of Health to conduct concussion awareness and prevention education to local student-athletes. MossRehab will conduct courses for students at 10 local high schools and junior high schools (grades 7-12). The schools will be selected based on geographical proximity to a MossRehab site and the presence of a school sports program. The Concussion Education Program courses will train coaches, parents, ...

Posted on: October 13, 2014
Burke Rehab Hospital Sends Team to NYC Marathon

WHITE PLAINS, NY -- Burke Rehabilitation Center announced Oct. 7 that it will send a team to the 44th annual TCS New York City Marathon on Nov. 2, 2014 to raise money for medical research at Burke. The team is made up of family members and friends of Brad Berman, a Larchmont, NY resident and former Burke patient who had a stroke in 2013. Berman, a father of two and a marathon runner himself, sustained a massive hemorrhagic stroke at age 37. The family learned that Berman had an AVM (arteriovenous ...

Posted on: October 12, 2014
Kessler Foundation Partners with New Jersey Health Foundation

WEST ORANGE, NJ -- Kessler Foundation announced Sept. 30 the signing of a formal affiliation agreement that allows Kessler Foundation and New Jersey Health Foundation (NJHF) to work together to advance biomedical research, education and patient care programs. "The experience of New Jersey Health Foundation in the areas of funding research, commercializing intellectual property and forming, funding and managing startup companies, coupled with the exciting, innovative research currently being developed at ...

Posted on: October 11, 2014
Sterling Partners Teams with Results Physiotherapy

CHICAGO -- Chicago-based Sterling Partners announced Oct. 9 its partnership with Results Physiotherapy, a provider of outpatient physical therapy services. The transaction closed Oct. 3. Results Physiotherapy's founders Gary Cunningham and Greg Spurgin will remain significant shareholders in the company and will continue to provide strategic direction alongside Sterling. Founded in 1996, Results Physiotherapy has more than 60 treatment facilities throughout Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, ...

Posted on: October 10, 2014
Reeve Foundation Launches 'The Big Idea'

SHORT HILLS, NJ -- The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation announced Oct. 9 the launch of "The Big Idea" -- a campaign to raise $15 million to fund the next phase of epidural stimulation research for spinal cord injuries. An April 2014 study in the medical journal Brain described how four young men who were paralyzed for years were able to voluntarily move their legs and bear weight as a result of epidural stimulation of the lower spinal cord. Participants experienced significant improvements with ...

Posted on: October 09, 2014
O'Halloran Receives NCPTA Award

GREENSBORO, NC -- John O'Halloran, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, Cert MDT, will receive the Excellence in Clinical Practice Award for his contribution to the development of physical therapy. The award will be presented at the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association Awards Luncheon Oct. 11 in Greensboro, NC. "I am honored to be recognized by the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association and truly want to thank my family, friends, staff and co-workers over the years for all their support and contributions ...

Posted on: October 08, 2014
Prehab Lowers Post-op Care by 30 Percent

ROSEMONT, IL -- A study appearing in the Oct. 1 issue of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (JBJS) found that physical therapy before joint replacement surgery, or "prehabilitation," can diminish the need for postoperative care by nearly 30 percent, saving an average of $1,215 per patient in skilled nursing facility, home health agency or other postoperative care. Utilizing Medicare claims data, researchers were able to identify both preoperative physical therapy and postoperative care usage patterns ...

Posted on: October 07, 2014
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