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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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7/11/2017

Hope in the hallways:

Halfway into the 1971 classic film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Gene Wilder, wearing an orange top hat and oversized bow tie, excitedly shows off a special wall covered in fruit-decorated wallpaper. “Lick a pineapple,” he implores. “It tastes like a pineapple. Try some more! The snozzberries taste like snozzberries!” While snozzberries and lickable wallpaper are the stuff of fiction, the interactive wonderland of Wonka’s chocolate factory is not far from reality at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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6/7/2017

Better outcomes through consumer feedback: A spotlight on China

Gathering consumer feedback with uSPEQ survey tools has been gaining traction within hospitals across China over the past two years. It is part of a larger quality improvement groundswell happening in the country.

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1/10/2017

Announcement about MED 101 training opportunities for 2017

Beginning in 2017, CARF’s Medical Rehabilitation unit will offer 101 trainings exclusively in a downloadable recorded format rather than conducting physical-locations trainings. Here is the information you need to know about the change.

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9/16/2016

Quality Practice Notice on Suicide Prevention

Responsible, quality-based practitioners in the health and human services industry should educate and train themselves to act in a responsible and timely manner when presented with a person at risk for suicide. We know through research that applying evidence-based practice and delivering comprehensive and integrated prevention programs can reduce the rate of suicide. In regard to Suicide Prevention Month, please access CARF’s Quality Practice Notice on Suicide Prevention for first step resources to saving a life.

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9/13/2016

TIRR Memorial Hermann—Past, Present and Future

As part of CARF’s 50th year anniversary celebration in 2016, we are sharing snapshots of the industries in which we offer accreditation. This is part 4 of a series: Medical Rehabilitation. TIRR Memorial Hermann was one of the first providers to receive CARF accreditation in 1967.

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8/31/2016

Making the shift: Improving SCI outcomes with enhanced person-centered care

Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia, is beginning to share the results from a three-year research project on the outcomes of an enhanced person-centered care initiative (including spinal cord injury peer mentorship) and how those strategies can be affordably replicated elsewhere.

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6/21/2016

Technology continues to ingrain itself into health and human service fields

Telecommunications and data management technology has unavoidably made its way into healthcare industries because it can increase consumer access to services and providers’ ability to provide them. Many providers are successfully incorporating technological solutions, which is why CARF has made an effort to highlight practices related to this topic in the Promising Practices newsletter series. This blog post features some articles that highlight successful uses of technology to improve business practices or service delivery.

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5/31/2016

Increasing formation of healthcare networks calls attention to quality guidelines

A major story so far in 2016 has been the change in service delivery models toward larger systems and networks through affiliations, mergers, and various other types of integrations. Providers are forming relationships across multiple sectors to expand their reach and provide services more efficiently to a broader population. The changing environment poses challenges for providers as they find themselves operating within a new service infrastructure or environment. This trend is of particular interest to CARF because it poses quality questions for providers across a spectrum of industries.

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4/8/2016

The ins and outs of choosing and displaying the CARF seal of accreditation

After your programs or services have earned CARF accreditation, you will want to market and advertise your achievement to your community and stakeholders. CARF provides resources that can help you promote your accreditation, including guidelines for citing your accreditation, example news release and letter text, and several CARF seal options. This blog post explains how to properly use and display the CARF seals of accreditation in your online and printed materials.

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11/6/2014

Cancer care rehabilitation is game changer for patients

With a renewed focus on both survivorship and quality of life, the medical community now recognizes that rehabilitation can serve an important role in improving care for the more than 14 million people currently living with cancer. This renewed focus allows for new opportunities of growth and clinical development in which the skills and tools commonly used for more traditional rehabilitation populations are now being applied to underserved individuals with significant needs.

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7/23/2014

Integrating rehabilitation into cancer care

When CARF International conducted market research and analysis in 2012, a consensus emerged that CARF was at a critical juncture for bridging a gap in the cancer field. Many acute care and oncology specialists had limited experience and expertise in providing rehabilitation care, and cancer rehabilitation professionals were seeking a framework for integrating their specialty into the cancer care continuum.

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