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Better Speech and Hearing Month – May 2020

Better Speech and Hearing Month – May 2020

Speech Therapist – /n/ – a “health professional specializing in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders, cognitive communication disorders, voice disorders, and swallowing disorders” (Wikipedia); “defined as the professional who...
Speech Therapy in a PDPM World

Speech Therapy in a PDPM World

PDPM is coming- are you, the SLP, ready?  Do you know what this means for us Speechies?  How do we fit into the changes in the new payment system? How do we make sure we, as skilled therapists and a profession, remain relevant as we move forward?  We should not see...
The Final Rule

The Final Rule

The Final Rule, published by CMS on November 23, 2018, addresses several items that will affect the treating therapist, whether in outpatient hospitals, rehabilitation agencies, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, or comprehensive outpatient...
A Hard Diet to Swallow?

A Hard Diet to Swallow?

Have you heard of IDDSI? It stands for International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative.  It is a framework to standardize terminology and definitions for food textures and liquid thicknesses in order to avoid confusion often created by different names used to...
Urinary Incontinence: Hold it Right There!

Urinary Incontinence: Hold it Right There!

More than 13 million people in the United States, male and female, young and old, experience incontinence. 50% or more of elderly people are incontinent. Women are 2x as likely as men to experience incontinence due to women’s health, childbirth, etc. Incontinence...