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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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12/4/2018

The story of one provider’s path to value-based care

By CARF International

Services for the UnderServed used accreditation standards as part of a wholesale commitment to performance management. Now the organization is well positioned to market itself within value-based and other outcomes-based payment models.

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11/29/2018

All about outcomes: Performance-based reimbursement is changing health and human services

By CARF International

Many payers are exploring value- and performance-based payment models in which providers are reimbursed for positive outcomes. Most analysts believe such payment systems, which offer lower costs for payers, are the wave of the future.

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11/14/2018

Untapped market? The pros of hiring people with disabilities

By CARF International

Data show that employers are hesitant to hire people who have disabilities. That’s unfortunate, since having a disability doesn’t necessarily preclude a person from performing well in the workplace. And employers’ failure to recognize that can lead to missed opportunities on both sides.

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10/23/2018

Opioid treatment services now covered by Medicare

By CARF International

Although private and state insurance sometimes cover opioid addiction treatment, Medicare historically has not. However, on October 3, Congress passed the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, which expanded Medicare coverage to include opioid treatment programs.

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10/16/2018

Not just a headache: What to know about youth concussions

By CARF International

In the past, a concussion sustained while playing sports may have been dismissed as just a bad headache. These days we understand a bump, blow, or jolt to the head (or even the body) can affect brain function and impeding an athlete’s ability to participate in sports for some time afterward. In worst-case scenarios, coma or death can result.

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10/4/2018

Options to opioids: Medical technology offers other pain control choices

By CARF International

Partly in response to the opioid crisis, medtechs across the nation have ramped up development of devices that aim to manage pain without exposing patients to the risk of drug addiction.

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9/25/2018

3 reflections from the 2018 Zero Suicide International summit

By Michael Johnson, managing director of behavioral health, CARF International

I attended the Zero Suicide International Summit this year to exchange ideas with global thought leaders on how to eliminate the public health crisis of suicide. I came away with many thoughts, but here are some of the highlights.

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9/19/2018

Eradicating suicide: Tips for better public service messaging

By CARF International

As suicide rates edge up, many human service organizations are challenged to publicly talk about the issue in responsible and effective ways.

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8/30/2018

FFPSA changing funding for child welfare services

By CARF International

For U.S. providers of child-welfare services, one of the most impactful laws to take effect this year has been the federal Family First Prevention Services Act or FFPSA.

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8/15/2018

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.

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