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Chronic Disease Management: Therapists' Role in Improving Health Part 1

presented by Kenneth L. Miller, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA

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Financial: Ken Miller receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

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Video Runtime: 69 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 31 Minutes

Chronic Diseases are considered to be among the costliest, most common and preventable of all health problems. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has implemented the Medicare Readmissions Reduction Program under the authority of the Affordable Care Act, which financially penalizes hospitals for readmissions within 30 days, including acute and chronic health conditions. This two-part series will focus on the management of heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and diabetes mellitus type 2. This course provides background on chronic disease, information about best practice interventions, and strategies for care planning for chronic disease management.

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Kenneth L. Miller, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA

Dr. Kenneth Miller has been an educator, physical therapist, and consultant for the home health industry for more than 20 years and serves as a guest lecturer, adjunct teaching assistant, and adjunct professor in the DPT program at Touro College in Bay Shore, New York. He has presented at the Combined Sections Meeting of the…

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1. What is Chronic Disease?

Chronic diseases are considered preventable, and yet are the most common and costliest of diseases, leading to greater morbidity and mortality in the U.S. Population. The Federal Government has implemented a readmission reduction program as a means of reducing health care costs and mandating health care practice changes to better manage these chronic health conditions.

2. Best Practice Interventions

Evidence-based best practices have emerged that are shown to reduce re-hospitalization rates for HF and COPD. These same interventions have been shown to improve health and quality of life for patient’s that suffer with chronic disease.

3. Care Planning for Chronic Disease Management

Building on best practices for the prevention of re-hospitalization, therapists will be able to develop care plan interventions that improve health and quality of life for patients with chronic disease. Sarcopenia and frailty are common with chronic disease, leading to loss of physical functioning. Appropriate exercise and activity prescription are available to improve function, quality of life and health.

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