Monthly Archives: December 2013

Health and Care News Brief for Older Adults Vol. 3

If you’re an older adult looking for the latest news about issues that directly affect you, these are the stories to pay attention to. Here are this week’s leading headlines in senior health news for December 23-27, 2013. Click the headline to read the full story.   CMS: Medicare Coverage Not Based On Potential For Improvement McKnight’s Long-Term Care News reported that, following the Jimmo v. Sebelius settlement, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have issued a warning that skilled nursing facilities caring for patients whose documents indicate “an improvement goal” can no longer claim a specific therapy was … Continue reading

Legislative Update from Infinity Rehab & Signature Releases Assessment Tool

As the year winds down, there is a lot happening at Avamere. Each part of our family of companies play a unique and valuable role in the communities they serve. Keeping our patients, employees, and the public educated on industry news and trends is an important part of our mission to enhance the life of every person we serve. Check out a few recent stories below. Infinity Rehab President Mike Billings gives an update on legislative proposals that are reshaping the therapy industry as we move into 2014. Acumentra Health recently profiled Signature Home Health’s PLACES tool which is helping … Continue reading

Health and Care News Brief for Older Adults Vol. 2

  If you’re an older adult looking for the latest news about issues that directly affect you, these are the stories to pay attention to. Here are this week’s leading headlines in senior health news for December 16-20, 2013. Click the headline to read the full story. Senate Revises Medicare Part B Therapy Reimbursements McKnight’s Long-Term Care News reported the Senate Finance Committee advanced a bill to replace the Medicare Part B therapy reimbursements limit with a “prior authorization medical review” outpatient therapy payment system in 2015. Many long-term care providers criticize the current system for mandating that Medicare contractors … Continue reading

Portland’s Signature Home Health Receives Deficiency Free Survey

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Signature Home Health recently achieved one of the highest distinctions of quality care – a deficiency-free survey from Oregon Department of Human Services. This survey examines more than 200 quality, safety, and performance issues over the course of several days. The survey outcome speaks to the quality of care and services Signature Home Health and its employees strive to provide on a daily basis. For the more about the achievement and a video from Signature President Bob Thomas check out the full story. Signature Hospice, Home Health, and Home Care is a member of the Avamere Family of Companies. Signature … Continue reading

Infinity Clinician Champions Telehealth Supervision

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Last month, Angie Quesnell, SLP and Regional SLP Mentor for Infinity Rehab, championed a proposal that will allow for the use of telehealth supervision of first-year SLP students in the State of Washington. Videoconferencing technology helps broaden therapist’s access to patients and peers in remote areas while cutting down transportation costs and boosting efficiency. The Washington State Board of Hearing and Speech ruled unanimously in favor of her proposal on November 15th. It’s great to see our clinicians inspiring positive change toward improved access, utilization of technology, and quality care our patients. Congratulations to Angie and all involved on their … Continue reading