Welcome to the FlagPOST, a newsletter and forum where great therapy minds share ideas and innovations in their field. The FlagPOST provides therapists with clinical information, ideas, educational opportunities and techniques to keep you enthused and excited about service delivery and patient care. The Flag represents Ensign’s logo, and POST signifies each of our therapy disciplines: Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy. We think the FlagPOST celebrates the excitement and talent of our therapy team and hope that you will also be inspired by its content.

September 2019

In this edition: Heart Rate Variability (HRV) training using HeartMath devices – WELL (We Embrace Living|Loving Life!) — It’s Time to Get Outside! – Therapist Profile: Andy Miyyapuram – Bringing the Renaissance Fair to Englewood – PDPM Updates – Meet our Occupational Therapist TheraTrooper, Ebony Prater! Holladay Healthcare Spends the Day at TopGolf – Designing the Facility Around Dementia Care By Keystone Therapy – Congratulations, TJ Petty, on Receiving the CTO (Chief Therapy Officer) Award! – First Keystone EEF Barbeque! – And More!

August 2019

In this edition: CMS Issues SNF PPS Final Rule for FY 2020; CMS Releases the Proposed Rule for CY 2020 Part B Physician Fee Schedule; Pilot Programs Provide New Ideas for Enhancing Patient Care; Nursing Profile: Kiran Sahota; Building Your Next One Up: Filling the “Shoes” of a DOR; Shadow Boxes are a Hit at Legend Oaks New Braunfels; TWO MONTHS UNTIL PDPM – How are we trending with our Modes of Treatment? PDPM Ready – Speech Therapy; LTC Think Tanks–A Vision to Reality; What’s Your WELL Commitment? Therapist Profile: Scott Langdale; Meet TheraTrooper Laura D’Antona, COTA! And More!

July 2019

Over 250 therapy leaders gathered in Newport Beach to create a Therapy Leadership Experience powered by love! Therapist Profile: Roger Pavon; Highlights on Nursing and Therapy Partnership; PDPM Updates; LTC Think Tanks–A Vision to Reality; Optima Updates; Group Therapy – Orem’s Trip to the Zoo!; Group & Concurrent – The Data and the Delivery; Host an Entry-Level OTD Capstone Student: A Great Way to Extend the Reach of Your Department; How to Pull the BIMS from PCC; CEU Course Offering – Aug 24-25 – Innovative Interventions for Preventing Falls; Heart Beats – Using HeartMath Spontaneously

June 2019

Welcome to Our New Monthly FlagPOST!

Our hope is to connect you with leaders and ideas across the organization to stimulate enthusiasm for growth and development by learning from one another. We will have ongoing “columns” on PDPM, Financial Health, Business Development, Best Practice Highlights, and Best in Nursing and Therapy Partnerships. Enjoy!

In this edition: Leading with Love; Highlights on Nursing and Therapy Partnership; PDPM Update; Financial Health; Optima Updates; Group Therapy; Therapist Profile: Jacob Barnes; SPARC – Congratulations to Brindy Klym; and more!

Fall 2018

Heartrate Variability Training – The Resilience Advantage; Evaluation vs Treatment Notes; Compliance Corner: A Look Back, What’s Happening Now and a Look into the Immediate Future; First Annual Dragon Boat Race!; HCR Olathe Is Rock Steady Excited!; Passion for Learning – Madeana Galler is conducting a lunch and learn on the new Patient Driven Payment Model at each facility in the Emerald Market; Passion for Learning – Sam Baxter, Therapy Resource for Signum-San Diego, reports that they had a two-day course in San Diego on Visual Rehabilitation & Neuro Handling After a Neurological Incident … Concepts for Function, presented by Michelle Mioduszewski, MS, OTR/L; Passion for Learning – Therapy Resources Kelly Alvord and Dominic DeLaquil are presenting at the AACVPR annual meeting in September in Louisville, Kentucky; Willow Bend Increases Quality of Life with Jobs; Better Than Tape – Instead of putting tape on the floor to do their TUG testing, the rehab team at Owyhee requested to have 10-foot and 20-foot strips of lighter floor color; Parkinson Disease Program; Motion-Guided Laser – Brookfield team (Downey, CA) is using The Motion Guidance laser feedback system to add fun to ROM and functional movement exercises; 2018 Poster Presentations

Summer 2018

The Two-Minute Denial Reflector; Are You Uncomfortable; Compliance Corner; Congratulations to Our Newest SPARC Award Winner – Sarah Gromko, SLP Student; Six Simple Steps to Launch a Successful Heart Math Program; Life Story Board at Cloverdale Healthcare; Stop Managing Incontinence. Start Treating It! Here’s How; Our Emerald Market Joins PD Supporters in Kansas; Bariatric Success Story

Winter 2017

Tuning In to the Intelligence of the Heart to Change Lives; Compliance Corner – 2017 IRO Lessons Learned; Chief Therapy Officer (CTO) Award; Igniting a Spark for Excellence; Students Give Supplies for Hurricane Harvey Families; Introducing CAPLICOnation, our new Instagram Account; Having Fun with Curling and Exercise at Bandera DOR Meeting; Park Avenue Tests New Overhead Track System; Making Therapy Fun at Sea Cliff; Highlighting Dustin Rex, ADOR, DPT; Creative Therapy at SJV; North Mountain Medical and Rehab Introduces “The SPOT”; An IDT Approach to Contracture Management; Just One Tx for Vestibular Disorder = Success; Student Resource Manual for the Clinical Instructor; Milestone Trains Neuro-IFRAH Therapists; Giving Back at Olympia; The Power of Creativity – One OT’s take on the Dementia Care Program;

Summer 2017

National Long-Term Care Survey Process to Roll Out in November 2017; Introducing Thera-Trooper Special Forces; Orem Summerfest; Congratulations, Kinga Gianna! Congratulations to Avenlea Gamble and Kellye McKee, our new SPARC scholarship winners; Sharing Therapy Strategies – License Plate Program; Surviving a Transition Through Use of the Energy Bus; Initial Responses to Using an Alter-G Treadmill at Parklane West: A Case Series; Happy Feet Effect on Quality of Life; Alexa and TBI Helps Patient Following Brain Injury; OT and SLP Co-Treatments in a Skilled Nursing Facility; Utilizing Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback in a Patient With CVA to Improve Psychophsyiological Coherence; Passport to Home: An Interdisciplinary Case Report; Improving the Patient Experience Through Patient-Centered Care; Bathing Without a Battle; Improving Proprioception and Ankle Strategy With New Balance Pad; Online Training Modules to Develop the Skills, Knowledge and Attitudes Required to Implement the Abilities Care Approach; Falling Leaf Program: Implementing a Fall Prevention Program

Q4 2016

2016 Leadership Summit; Cardiac Post-Acute Rehab Care Fills the Gap between Hospital and Home; Heart PARC Case Study; Clinisign Q&A With Dr. Hani Bashandy; Surf’s Up! Improving the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injury; Sharing Therapy Strategies; Using Bundled Payments for Care; Somerset Subacute Nursing and Rehab, El Cajon, CA; An IDT Approach to Therapy; Kazoo Choir at North Mountain Rehab: Helping Residents Breathe Better One Note at a Time; Building Your Own Elevated Garden Box; Abilities Care in Action – Person-Centered Dementia Management–A Montessori-Inspired Program; Music & Memory at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center; Using Life Story Boards to Assist Residents with Dementia; Applying Research on Cues to Reduce Freezing of Gait to WC Propulsion for People With Parkinson’s Disease; How to Accurately Enter a Diet Order Into PCC

June 2016

Crucial Accountability; Abilities Care Experts (ACE) Graduating Class at Park View Post Acute; Simplified Rehab Approach for Clinically Complex Patients; Creating a Culture of Person-Directed Dementia Care; Reducing Restlessness With Baby Dolls; Contracture Management Course at St. Joseph Villa; Neuro Gym Sit to Stand Trainer; Celebrating Occupational and Speech Therapists; SPARC Award Winners: Catherine Whitlock, DPT and Chelsea Shearman; ICD-10 Coding Corner; Coding CPT 97532 (Cognitive Skills Development)

Q3 2015

Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence; 2016 MSCA Process Updates and the Importance of Medicare Meetings; Pet Therapy; A merry heart is the best medicine; Music Therapy at Golden Acres Living & Rehabilitation; Use of AlterG for a Patient Limited by Pain at Richland Hills Rehabilitation & Healthcare; Combining Technology and Rehab at Palm Terrace Healthcare & Rehabilitation; Post-Myocutaneous Flap Rehabilitation at Englewood Post Acute Rehab; Abilities Care Approach at Oceanview Healthcare and Rehab; Fall Prevention; Connecting Our Youth With Residents at Park View Post Acute Care; Congratulations to our new Credentialed Clinical Instructors!

Q1 2015

Therapy music programs at Park View Post Acute; Abilities Care Approach to Dementia at Cloverdale Healthcare Center; Use of Meaningful Activities to Redirect Negative Behaviors; Assessing Pain in Patients with Dementia; How a Little Vision Can Go a Long Way; SPARC Award Winner – Shannon Cook; Celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month; Healthcare Reimbursement Updates – The Part B Cap Exception is Extended; Willow Bend Wins the Flag; Modified Cooking Group; RO5 Rollout; Health and Wellness for Seniors, Presented by Pine Manor Therapy Team

Q3 2014

IMPACT Act of 2014; The Power of Music: Connecting with Non Verbal Patients; Amanda Grace: Making a Difference at Cloverdale Healthcare; Story of Recovery Sets Benchmark for Future Treatments at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center, Walla Walla, WA; Are Your Patients Motivated to Move?; Developing a Post-Acute Cardiac Wellness Specialty Program; Sharing a Passion for Learning; Finding Relief with the Kinesio Tape Protocol; With Perseverance, Patients and Therapists Find Success at Veranda; Providing a Treatment Plan for Pannus Support; Barihab Table Case Study; At Willow Bend, We Are All in This Together!

Q1 2014

Post-Acute Cardiac Wellness Programs; The Future Is Here With Bionic Legs!; Therapy and the Barihab Table Changing Lives; Wound Care Treatment Approach for Physical Therapists; Tools for Tracking and Reporting Therapy Outcomes; The Northern Oaks Team is Feeling Good Vibrations with the New VibeTech One; Moving BIG and Speaking LOUD at Holladay and Copper Ridge in Utah; Lemon Grove Care and Rehabilitation Community Reintegration Program; Laughter, Encouragement Are the Best Medicine at Stillhouse

Q4 2013

Fall Risk Assessment and Vestibular Testing; Dementia Program Update: The Abilities Care Approach; Clinical Programming Resources on the Therapy Portal; Strategies for Treating Patients with Neurological Disorders; Different Approaches to Treat Patients Following a Stroke; Postural Restoration: Treating the Unique Asymmetry of the Human Body; Marketing and Rehab Teaming Up at Wellington

Q2 2013

Organizational Health; The POSTettes; Proposed Changes to MDS for Therapy October 2013; Mapping Out the Framework for OT Student Psychosocial Internships; CMS National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes; Deciphering Dysphagia with E-Stim; Teamwork at Golden Acres = SLP Success

Q1 2013

Fanatic Discipline; Brookfield Develops Patient Care App; Pet Therapy; Stepping Stones Fall Prevention Course; Claims-Based Data Collection Requirement; Best Nursing Homes – 2013

Q3 2012

Person-Centered Care; Dementia Capable Care; Ensign Closes NASDAQ; Earning CEUs for Geriatric Sports Medicine; Creating a Therapy Garden Walk; Success = Passion

Q2 2012

Celebrating OT Month at Osborn Health and Rehab; Congratulations Brookfield… E-Prize Winner; Look What’s Happening in the World of Dementia

Q1 2012

Ensign Hosts Clinical Instructor Course; Football Has a Playbook–And We Have the RAI; Case Management and Therapy Team: Working Together

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