AMA Health System Reform Insight

March 31, 2010 · Posted in Health Reform · Comment 

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—health system reform legislation signed into law by President Obama on March 23—contains a number of key provisions for you and your patients. Some provisions may have an immediate impact on your practice and patients, while others will not take effect for some time.

Given the new direction for the nation’s health system, the American Medical Association (AMA) has developed Health System Reform Insight to help you understand

  • the new law and how it will affect you
  • when certain provisions are scheduled to take effect
  • how you can be ready when the regulations go into effect
  • what your patients need to know

You’re invited: Online question-and-answer session tonight with HHS on health reform


 Tonight at 7 p.m. Eastern, you can participate in the first of a series of live weekly Web chats at, hosted by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to gain a better understanding of the new health reform law.

All Americans have been invited to join top leaders from the HHS and across government tonight at 7 p.m. Eastern for the first in a series of weekly webcasts and discussions on the new health reform law. Broadcast live at, tonight’s Web chat will center around the latest news on health insurance reform implementation and how it impacts your life. Small Business Administration Administrator Karen Mill will join HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to talk about immediate benefits from the new law and answer any questions on health system reform.

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

March 23, 2010 · Posted in audiology, Industry News, Speech Therapy · Comment 

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is promoting “Better Hearing and Speech” in the month of May.  This annual event provides opportunities to raise awareness about communication disorders and to promote treatment that can improve the quality of life for those who experience problems with speaking, understanding, or hearing.

For resources to help your facility celebrate Better Hearing and Speech month, go to

House Passes Health Reform

March 22, 2010 · Posted in Industry News · Comment 

On March 21, 2010, the United States House of Representatives passed H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Also passed was H.R. 4872, the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act, which contains additional refinements. Historically speaking, these two bills are perceived to be as important as the creation of the Medicare program.

April is Occupational Therapy Month

March 12, 2010 · Posted in occupational therapy · Comment 

Each year in April, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and students in practice, education, research, and science host a month long celebration showcasing the importance of Occupational Therapy. It’s the time of year when everyone in the profession goes out of their way to tell the world about what they do. 

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) encourages full participation in OT Month, and has made a number of tools available to make organizing efforts a little easier.  Go to for more information.

Therapy Scheduling in Outpatient Rehab Facilities

March 7, 2010 · Posted in Scheduling, Workflow · Comment 

The day begins and ends with a simple appointment. But, in outpatient rehabilitation facilities, the therapy scheduling process is not always so simple, is it?

You know what it takes — scheduling across multiple locations for multiple days with multiple providers often in multiple therapy disciplines. You need not only to book, but to double book and triple book when things get a little hectic – not to mention staggering, recurring, canceling, and re-booking missed therapy appointments.

From bump lists to wait lists – you see it all. Let’s face it, rehabilitation scheduling is complex.

The Chart Links Scheduler — complete with rehabilitation templates — is built to ensure that patients are appropriately slotted to see who they need, when they need them, with the right resources, in the right place. Scheduling activities for patients and classes/groups with providers, equipment, locations and user-defined resources are supported.

Unlike other general medical schedulers, Chart Links has designed its scheduler around the needs of medical rehabilitation facilities. Inherent in the scheduler is the ability to schedule by cross-discipline. There is also an ability to schedule the patient with multiple therapists or resources in one easy-to-use feature (i.e., PTA with PT, OTA with OT, speech therapist with audiologist, or audiologist with hearing/screening booth and with audioscope).

To learn more about therapy scheduling through Chart Links, click here.