The Importance of Alzheimer’s Awareness

November is National Alzheimer?s Disease Awareness Month. Today, over 5.4 million individuals are diagnosed with the disease, and millions more are their caregivers. Awareness, early detection and treatment are key components in battling this disease. Getting an Early Diagnosis No two people experience the disease the same way and no single test can show whether a [...]

By | November 17th, 2011|Categories: Resources|0 Comments

Sports Concussion: Use Your Head

The time is right to attempt to further educate the public with regard to sports concussion. While sports concussion has been a chronic problem ranging from youth to professional sports, only recently has it gained such notoriety in the public media as well as through formal legislation. ESPN has aired segments on sports concussion over the [...]

By | November 9th, 2011|Categories: Resources|0 Comments

New Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Improves Mobility and Speech

Parkinson's disease (PD) progressively impairs movement through the depletion of the neurotransmitter dopamine. The severity of dopamine loss produces bradykinesia (slow movement) and hypokinesia (small movements), which degrades fine motor control and gait. The small, slow, rigid movements associated with PD also impact the systems involved in the production and articulation of speech, resulting in attenuation [...]

By | October 13th, 2011|Categories: Resources|0 Comments

Addressing Heart Failure: Improving Chronic Care Management in Post-Acute Care

The coordination of treatment and services for individuals with chronic care conditions is an ongoing issue for the health care industry. Individuals with chronic care conditions account for a disproportionate share of health care expenditures. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has estimated that 57% of fee-for-service (FFS) beneficiaries have congestive heart failure (CHF). [...]

By | October 13th, 2011|Categories: Resources|0 Comments

Measuring Quality of Care: Understanding Inpatient Rehabilitation Outcomes

In today?s environment, a successful health-care provider must be able to respond to the increasing appetite from consumers for information regarding the quality of services. Allied Services Integrated Health System has built a culture around continuous improvement and outcomes of care. The Gold Standard in Inpatient Rehab Outcomes Originally developed by the Uniform Data System for [...]

By | October 13th, 2011|Categories: Resources|0 Comments

Leading Nation-Wide Patient Safety Initiatives

In the past five years Allied Services has led two patient safety initiatives that have been adopted at facilities nationwide. In 2006, Allied Services Scranton Rehabilitation Hospital led a task force of 12 local hospitals in developing the first standardized tool kit addressing color-coded patient wristbands. This ?Color of Safety? toolkit was adopted and published by [...]

By | October 13th, 2011|Categories: Resources|0 Comments