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FOTO's CMS-Designated Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) Provides Rehab Therapists Extensive Choice In Measure Selection

Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes, Inc. (FOTO), a provider of web-based patient outcomes management solutions, risk-adjusted functional assessments, and predictive analytics, is pleased to announce its endorsement as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for 2019.

"This QCDR designation further solidifies FOTO as the leading outcomes management solution in rehab therapy," says Christopher Hayes, Chief Technology Officer for FOTO, Inc. "FOTO's experience driving compliance for physical therapists (PTs) and occupational therapists (OTs), long-standing history as a CMS endorsed registry, and commitment to patient outcomes, makes FOTO the system of choice for trusted data collection and reporting for CMS payment programs."

The QCDR enables PTs and OTs to submit MIPS (Merit-based Incentive System) data for the 2019 reporting period. FOTO

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Driving With Dementia -- New Guidance For Doctors

New guidance on when people living with dementia should stop driving has been published to support doctors and other health care professionals.

'Driving with Dementia or Mild Cognitive Impairment' helps medical teams with the appropriate assessment and management of patients.

Researchers from Newcastle University, supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre have worked with a number of external partners, researchers and carers to create the guidelines.

Many people with dementia, particularly in the early stages, are safe to drive so it is important that they are not prevented from doing so but making the decision to ask someone to stop can be difficult and hard to broach.

Dr John-Paul Taylor is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University, and the Deputy Lead for the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre's Dementia res

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Pioneering Eurgery Restores Movement To Children Paralyzed By Acute Flaccid Myelitis

An innovative and complex surgery involving nerve transfers is restoring hope and transforming lives torn apart by a mysterious and devastating illness. Acute flaccid myelitis, also known as AFM, strikes without warning, shows no mercy and frequently results in paralysis. Most affected patients are children, and nearly all have partial or complete loss of muscle function in their arms or legs.

Dr. Scott Wolfe, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in nerve injuries at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), has restored arm movement and function in a number of young AFM patients previously told their paralysis would be permanent.

The journal Pediatric Neurology published two AFM case studies by Dr. Wolfe and colleagues. The article was made available online in the summer of 2018, in advance of final print publication in November 2018. The report documents patients, ages 12 and 14, who had suf

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Clinic Improves Lives Of Children With Disabilities

When Madison took her first tentative steps as a 1-year-old, her parents noticed she seemed to favor her right side and tended to swing her left leg around as she ambled across the floor.

It’s not uncommon for children to struggle a bit when they’re first learning to walk, so Madison’s pediatrician suggested they wait to see if she improved.

But the problem persisted for months, and she was eventually sent to a specialist. That’s when her parents learned that Madison had cerebral palsy.

“When we got the diagnosis, it honestly hit me like a ton of bricks,” said Courtney Brown, Madison’s mother. “You have all the hopes and dreams for your child, and now you wonder what the future holds.”

But Madison’s parents were not going to let this diagnosis define their child.

“We want her to set her limits,” Brown said. “If she wants to achieve something, she’s going to do it, and we’re not goin

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