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August 2019 Newsletter

Blue Skies, Humidity, Hot Sun! Summer is still here!

Monthly Motivator

Your work is to discover your skill and then with all your heart to give yourself to it. Be thankful for the opportunities given to you to make a difference in the world. That's the mark of a true professional.

Fun fact: The month of August was named for Julius Caesar’s adopted nephew Gaius Julius Caesar Octavius, who held the title “Augustus.” He named the month after himself. The “dog days of summer” refer to the weeks between July 3 and August 11 and are named after the Dog Star (Sirius) in the Canis Major constellation. The ancient Greeks blamed Sirius for the hot temperatures, drought, discomfort, and sickness that occurred during the summer. Us Texans have someone to blame now.

We will be running Monday-Thursdays as normal in August. The kids do go back to school though! So for some parents this is a holiday month! We will be closed on Monday September 2nd for Labor Day and will run vans Tuesday through Friday that week. 

 

DiagnosTEX is presenting an Upcoming CEU to kick off the Fall!

September 7, 2019 – Arlington, Texas hosted by Rehab Synergies

SOSSpeak Out for Safety by understanding Signs OR Symptoms

6 hours of TSHA CE credits.

Limited seating!!

TSHA is an approved sponsor for SLP CEU in the state of Texas as well as an ASHA approved CE provider. TSHA and ASHA have a reciprocating agreement, in that they recognize each other’s program of approved hours. You can attend a TSHA approved CEU and receive credit for CE hours that will go towards renewing your license as well as maintenance of your ASHA CCC.  ASHA uses “CEU” (1 CEU is equal to 10 TSHA hours) while TSHA uses “hours.”   TSHA hours can count towards ASHA requirements, and CCC and ASHA hours can count towards Texas licensure requirements.  ASHA requires 30 hours (3.0 CEU’s) every 3 years to renew the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC).  TSHA hours do not count towards the ASHA ACE award.  If you are working to earn ASHA’s Award for Continuing Education Excellence (ACE), then you must list all of your CE hours with ASHA.

Ampcare August courses. Ampcare is local and LIVE in Fort Worth this month

August 3 – Birmingham, AL

10 – Memphis, TN

17 – Phoenix, AZ

23 – Tampa, FL

24 – Miami, FL

30 - Fort Worth, TX

Ampcare, LLC has completed a successful evaluation by Encompass Health. As a result, Ampcare will now be collaborating with Encompass Health at select hospitals to add the Ampcare ESP System to their dysphagia equipment offering, and more patients will be able to receive this new innovative therapy protocol.

Stoma Care and Management, A live webinar will be help on August 6th and 7th. This webinar is of no cost and ASHA CEUs are available. In this one-hour, live interactive webinar, they will walk though stoma care, from surgical formation, to mature stoma complications and functional strategies to incorporate into everyday practice. To register, please visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/6106085448104373251

DiagnosTEX add-ons during scheduled stops

I think most of you know that we do our best to accommodate you and include any of your add-ons if we can.  Please understand that once we schedule you, we have also scheduled many more facilities in the rest of our day as well.  If the patient has an insurance payor source, we may not be able to confirm all the information we need to do the study as an add-on that day for you.  We will also only add-on what our scheduled time allows.  Having your patients up ready and waiting for us when we arrive will be very helpful. Please understand we have a commitment to other patients as much as we do yours.  We will wait no longer than 15 minutes for a patient to be transferred out of bed.  If we had to wait 15 minutes for 4 patients in a day, we would be running an hour behind.

Parking - Please speak to your administrators about allowing the DiagnosTEX mobile clinic to park as close to the front door as possible for the convenience of your patients so they do not need to be exposed to any extreme weather, whether it be cold, heat or rain.  The safety and comfort of your patients come first!

PDPM and instrumental assessments for dysphagia

PDPM is on its way! Lisa Milliken gave a FB LIVE presentation on July 2, 2019 through the TSHA Medical Committee FB page named TSHA Medical SLP’s. She discussed Medicare Myths and Legends, including PDPM. During follow up questions she stated that “facilities will need clear and objective data to back up their coding and scoring decisions on the MDS. So reports from instrumental swallowing exams will be very helpful, especially soon after admission. CMS has said they will be watching & monitoring for any major changes in service delivery & clinical conditions before & after 10/1. An example is if 30% of the facility residents has Dysphagia & needs a modified textured diet in September, then somehow 50% of the facility suddenly has dysphagia & needs modified diet in October. They would start asking questions.... so instrumental evals to back up the accuracy of dysphagia would be very helpful!” 

You can see more of this exchange and the FB Live presentation on the TSHA Medical SLP FB site.  Check it out!

Saying Goodbye again!

We are very sad to see Ryan leave, he has been a great addition to the DiagnosTEX team! But we are also happy for him and wish him the very best as he starts PA school!  He will have so much to contribute to the healthcare field in this role.  Some good news…. Bryant is back working with DTEX, we are excited to have him back! Tell him the same when you see him!

Dysphagia Tidbit - Summer Thickened Slushies

Ingredients:

Thickened Ice 4 cups/32 oz.
Fruit Juice, V8 Splash, Hawaiian Punch etc.. 16 oz.
SimplyThick® EasyMix™ Nectar Consistency Honey Consistency 4 (6g) Nectar Packets OR 4 strokes 4 (12g) Honey Packets OR 8 strokes

  1. Make 4 cups of Thickened Ice: www.simplythick.com/Ice
  2. Measure 16oz. of desired beverage into the SimplyThick shaker. Ensure at least 2-3” of head space.
  3. Dispense appropriate amount of SimplyThick gel into beverage. Shake for 20-30 seconds or until desired consistency is reached.
  4. Pour thickened beverage into blender and add thickened ice made with SimplyThick. Blend to slushy consistency. 5 Serve immediately and enjoy. Critical Control Points (CCP):

* Please assess appropriateness for use of straw prior to use.

More recipes can be found at www.simplythick.com

July 2019 Newsletter

Happy 4th of July to everyone celebrating our country’s independence but don’t forget to honor our veterans and current military who have served to ensure our FREEDOM! We know that freedom does not come free… there is a cost, as some gave all!  LET FREEDOM RING!

June 2019 Newsletter

Happy Father’s Day to all the DADs!

June is Dysphagia Awareness Month 

Don’t forget to spread the news throughout social media and use #dysphagiaawareness so all can be aware of this debilitating disorder. How are you helping recognize dysphagia awareness month? The best way to celebrate this month is to educate!

May 2019 Newsletter

MAY IS BETTER SPEECH AND HEARING MONTH

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers! And Happy Memorial Day!

Remember our men and women (including moms) that have sacrificed ALL to fight and maintain our freedom!

Hug a Mom and a Veteran this month, whether it is yours or not!

April 2019 Newsletter

Happy Spring & Happy Easter 

Monthly Motivator:

April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.—William Shakespeare

Get prepared! MAY is Better Speech and Hearing Month

March 2019 Newsletter

Happy St. Patrick’s Day 

“May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow and may trouble avoid you wherever you go may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship and never in want."

February 2019 Newsletter

Patients Pending MBSS - If you have sent us paperwork on your patient to schedule an MBSS and their status changes while you’re waiting for it to be scheduled…… such as left facility, went hospice, passed away, etc. PLEASE notify us. Please do not wait for us to contact you to inform of this type of information.  Once we are contacting you, we are in the middle of scheduling an entire van day and if you are our afternoon stop we have already called several facilities to schedule their times and if you tell us that your patient has passed away or is no longer needing an MBSS, this has now affected all of our scheduled times.   Please help us by notifying us of any changes to your patient status that was needing the MBSS before we try to schedule it with you.

December 2018 Newsletter

As we turn 15 years old on December 3rd, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our success here in D/FW possible. We know you have options and we appreciate your trust and support of our service and staff over the years.  DFW area is a big place but small at heart and the friendships we have developed over the years mean the most to us! This holiday’s season, we wish all of you the priceless gift of peace that surpasses all understanding, as well as indescribable joy, quality health, and blessings of prosperity at Christmas and throughout all of 2019.

September 2018 Newsletter

With Great Respect,
We pay tribute to the creation of our nation’s 
strength, freedom, and leadership….
The American Workers!!! Happy Labor Day!
Back to school time for our kids!
And …….We are getting much closer to Fall!

August 2018 Newsletter

Blue Skies, Humidity, Hot Sun! Summer is still here!

Monthly Motivator

Your work is to discover your skill and then with all your heart to give yourself to it. Be thankful for the opportunities given to you to make a difference in the world. That's the mark of a true professional.

July 2018 Newsletter

Happy 4th of July to everyone celebrating our country’s independence but don’t forget to honor our veterans and current military who have served to ensure our FREEDOM! We know that freedom does not come free… there is a cost, as some gave all!  LET FREEDOM RING!