QRM Buzz Podcast

QRM Buzz Podcast

Educational podcast for healthcare providers serving aging adults.

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May 12, 2021 17 min
Check out this episode to hear about confusing data trends which suggest that despite the presence of COVID increasing in our population last year, we reported a decrease in patient complexity in the ST PDPM component. Rita shares her SLP perspective with listeners while describing the acute and post-acute COVID symptoms and impairments which should be included in your interdisciplinary screening process to avoid missing a COVID c...
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Listen to today's episode for an overview of May topics focused on speech therapy and the ST PDPM component. Rita joins the pod all month and will be sharing a new initiative she's working on with our QRM Wellness Division: Recovery in a Post-COVID World. You won't want to miss this series!!
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April 27, 2021 15 min
On today's episode, 2 guests join the pod - Michele Morris, operations manager with QRM and Jake Kline, rehab director from Ashford Hall Nursing and Rehab. Jake and his rehab team were recently inducted into the very elite QRM QIE Club (Quality Improvement & Education)! Check out this episode to hear all about how Ashford Hall and others joined QIE Club and what it's all about!
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April 21, 2021 13 min
Listen in to hear how QRM communities have performed so far in 2021 with GG functional outcomes. It’s a great story you won’t want to miss!
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Rita and I discuss presumption vs. non-presumption of care categories specific to the SLP PDPM case mix groups and the trends based on 2020 and Q1 2021 data. The majority of our residents are in non-presumptive categories but is this an accurate story?
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Medicare recently updated the list of authorized telehealth evaluation and treatment codes during the public health emergency and GREAT NEWS!! The list was expanded to include CPTs specific to SLP practice areas: swallowing, cognition, and speech generated devices. Listen to this episode for Rita's strategies for setting up a pre-planned telepractice swallowing evaluation and treatment with patient safety and outcomes in mind...
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SPECIAL 50th Episode!!

On this 50th Buzz Podcast episode, I got to sit down and have chat with Freda Mowad - founder and CEO of QRM health. She and I discuss QRM: the thriving hive, and how it all started. She attributes success to an inclusive, supportive, engaged community of QRM team members, clients, and partners working together and sharing resources to achieve mutual goals.
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Let’s Get Clinical series wraps up today with a discussion about maintenance and prevention programs - how to write goals and design programs for not just improving function, but also maintaining function and preventing decline.
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In the continuation of our "Let's Get Clinical Series", we case study how to implement an effective fall prevention program which addresses the actual needs of your unique population. Take the extra time to complete a comprehensive pre-program needs assessment and identify the most common risk factors contributing to falls in your community.
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March 10, 2021 18 min
Let's Get Clinical Part 5! We are just loving the podcast series focused on clinical programs. Today's episode is all about fall prevention programs and resident identification based on extrinsic and intrinsic fall risk factors. During the episode, the CDC's STEADI program was referenced. Here's the website if you want to learn more about this great program!

https://www.cdc.gov/steadi/
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A successful dementia program cycle has to be measurable, easy to understand/execute, and must meet the actual needs of the population it serves.
1. Start with a comprehensive needs assessment including residents, families, and caregivers.
2. Determine what measurable outcome best matches your population's needs.
3. Complete baseline staging assessments followed by appropriate therapy referrals
4. Transition to caregiver team...
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Join Casey and Rita for part 3 of the "Let's Get Clinical" podcast series where we reflect on our past experiences with dementia programs and offer solutions for implementing an effective dementia program that meets the specific cognitive and functional needs of your residents. We had so much fun with this episode that we've already planned on taking it a step further next week! Join next week for Dementia Program...
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February 17, 2021 19 min
In Part 2 of the "Let's Get Clinical" series, we'll discuss the different therapy treatment modes: individual, concurrent, co-treatment, group, telehealth. Each are clinically effective for different reasons and should be provided at different times throughout the episode of care.
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Welcome back! Our next podcast series is focused on clinical programs and effective patient interventions. In this episode, exercise prescription is reviewed with strategies on how to develop and measure programs to improve strength and aerobic condition.

Here are the American College of Sports Medicine recommendations for exercise prescriptions for older adults discussed during this episode:

Summary of ACSM/AHA physical activity r...
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Join our podcast guest today Rita Ramos for a review of 2020 lessons learned related to the negative impact of social isolation and how we can safely bring people back together in a FUN and relevant way!

Here are the links and resources discussed during today's episode:

https://www.cms.gov/files/document/qso-20-30-nh.pdf
https://www.cms.gov/files/document/qso-20-30-nh.pdf and https://www.cms.gov/files/document/qso-20-39-nh.pdf
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In this episode, we'll review the most common post-acute COVID symptoms in order of prevalence based on lessons we learned in 2020. Here is the list of common post-COVID symptoms to anticipate and address with your aging adult population

Fatigue
Breathlessness
PTSD, Anxiety/Depression
Concentration Problems
Pain
Voice Changes
Cough
Memory Problems
Continence Problems
Dysphagia
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In this episode, we discuss treating the acute, newly diagnosed COVID patient in your SNF/LTC setting. Make sure to complete a comprehensive assessment of cardiopulmonary function before, during, and after activities to rule out the following common issues identified with this population: shortness of breath, asymptomatic hypoxia, hypotension, lowered ejection fraction.

Respiratory muscle weakness is a very common impairment and ...
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We learned a lot in 2020! Let's use these lessons to help enhance our 2021 practice for improve efficiency, quality outcomes, and patient satisfaction. Today, let's discuss 4 tips for providing telehealth services:
1. Be Prepared - have a plan for equipment, set up, interventions, assessment strategies
2. Be Creative - think how to accomplish goals with verbal and visual cues
3. Be Flexible - go with the flow and use environ...
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January 6, 2021 15 min
Happy New Year!! Check out our first pod series of 2021 - Applying 202 Lessons Learned into 2021 Practice. Our industry was shaken by a new diagnosis last year but we learned invaluable information on how to manage during a crisis. The next 4 episodes will focus on lessons learned and applications into practice.
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3 Key Elements of quality daily note documentation are the What, the Why, and the How. Listen to our final pod of 2020 and last episode in “Improving Quality Documentation” series to learn how to avoid the nonsense daily note and focus on what really matters.
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