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The CARF Connection blog, previously distributed in the form of a newsletter, provides timely tips, resources, and updates about CARF accreditation, business practices, and related matters. Learn about current trends in the fields that CARF accredits, improving services, and the latest CARF news.

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Spotlight on a practical tool based on research

By Amy Ryan, MS, CCC-SLP and Dana Read, MS, CCC-SLP; CBIS-T

Screening for dysphagia and risk of aspiration in stroke patients

As speech pathologists and leaders in the stroke rehabilitation acute care setting, we know that a reliable swallow-screening tool is essential in treating patients at risk for dysphagia. Early detection of dysphagia and the risk of aspiration are critical in improving swallowing function during a patient’s hospital course. This is especially important with stroke patients, a population in which oropharyngeal dysphagia occurs in 42%–67% of patients within the first 3 days.



Healthy China 2030: Trends in rehabilitation

by Jing Walker, International Advisor, CARF Europe

Healthy China 2030 (HC 2030), healthcare reform launched in 2016, has put China’s relatively young but fast-growing rehabilitation and aging services industries back in the spotlight. In this article, Dr. Jianan Li discusses trends in China’s health and human services and the role CARF accreditation has in advancing quality healthcare in China.



Recent CDC report, deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, again bring attention to suicide as public health issue

This week brings renewed attention to the issue of suicide. While the tragic losses of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain will get headlines, they represent a growing public health issue that is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States: suicide. These events offer an opportunity to address misconceptions, stigma, and a lack of resources that act as barriers for people at risk, and to bring the focus toward resources and best practices.



The Value of Professional Development

By CARF International

Take advantage of the professional development resource offered to CARF-accredited organizations, and encourage your emerging leaders to become CARF surveyors. 



4 ways accreditation supports the human services ecosystem

A recent report discusses the future of community-based human services. The first four initiatives are directly supported by CARF standards, meaning, if you’re a CBO applying the standards for accreditation, you’re likely strengthening the overall ecosystem. Here are the standards and other CARF resources that can offer guidance to your organization.



Perspective of a social justice mental health microbusiness

By Valeria Benabdallah, CEO/Psychotherapist, VEMB Psychotherapy Services

Being a microbusiness means that stakeholders, persons served, and the two staff members at VEMB Psychotherapy Services work closely together. My work as a social justice mental health clinician is to collaborate with appropriate systems while providing psychotherapeutic interventions to clients and their families. As a CEO, my job is to provide sound leadership and oversight to all business, clinical, and financial functions of the organization. 



Seen and heard at the CARF surveyor conference

Surveyors representing health and human service organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada attended the 2018 CARF Surveyor Continuing Education Conference on March 24 and 25 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort in beautiful Tucson, Arizona.



Program repurposes empty parking lots to serve homeless population

By Cassie Roach, Safe Parking Program Coordinator, New Beginnings Counseling Center

The New Beginnings Safe Parking Program in Santa Barbara provides shelter and housing to the vehicular homeless population. The program utilizes empty parking lots that would otherwise remain unused at night. Each night, the program shelters more than 150 individuals and families who live in their vehicles.



Adaptive fitness fuels my SCI journey

By T. Kent Keyser, Public Policy Fellow, United Spinal Association 

Kent spent more than three decades working for a prominent member of the U.S. House of Representatives. That experience coupled with his natural resilience and optimism helped him overcome rehabilitation obstacles following a severe spinal cord injury from a freak accident in his home. Kent took charge of his own recovery and is now a national advocate for others with spinal cord injury or other paralyzing conditions.  



CMS clarifies “Improvement Standard” to the benefit of persons served

By Alexandra Bennewith, M.P.A., Vice President, Government Relations and Jane Wierbicky, RN, Information Specialist, United Spinal Association

Recent CMS actions provide welcome clarity to providers, insurers, and individuals with chronic conditions who need rehabilitative therapies and other skilled services, even when their underlying condition will not improve. 

The actions include revisions to the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual, a CMS webpage devoted to the topic, and a nationwide education campaign.


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