I work in a home healthcare setting. Would the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA; Nasreddine et al., 2005) be a good tool to use at evaluation and then later at discharge to get improvement measures?
The MoCA would be a good screening measurement, but I do not think that the MoCA is the place that you should stop with your evaluation. The MoCA only takes about 10 minutes to administer. What I think is going to be important is that in the assessment procedures, we know exactly where those impairment areas are and whether it is a just a single domain or multiple domains. That is going to direct your treatment.
Kim McCullough, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is an Associate Professor at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA). She has 17 years experience as a clinician, teacher, and researcher in the area of adult neurogenic communication disorders.
Compelling evidence now exists regarding how lifestyle can optimize cognitive functioning. This course focuses on the most current research on neuroprotective lifestyle practices that enhance cognition. This course is open captioned.
During this one-hour on-line course, Dr. Nancy Helm-Estabrooks will discuss clinical uses of the Cognitive Linguistic Quick Test (CLQT). The lecture will be divided into two major areas for discussion of CLQT applications: the CLQT as an assessment/diagnostic instrument, and the CLQT as a tool for forming treatment decisions. Among the clinical populations addressed will be those with right and left hemisphere strokes, traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, and mild cognitive impairment. Both research and clinical evidence that support the utility of the CLQT will be reviewed.
This course will briefly review the salient features of acquired apraxia of speech and the principles of motor learning as they apply to best practice. Treatment approaches will be reviewed with current research findings applied to efficacy. The VAST (Video Assisted Speech Technology) approach will be demonstrated as a therapeutic and a compensatory technique.
In this changing health care environment, the SLP should work closely with the patient in establishing goals that focus on function and aim to achieve the desired, measurable outcome. Medicare guidelines stipulate that services must be provided at a level of complexity requiring the services of a speech-language pathologist. Even when Medicare guidelines are followed in the provision of services, the documentation sometimes does not demonstrate the focus on function or that a skilled service was provided. This course will address how to write measurable, functional goals and provide tips on how to accurately document skilled services.
This course will address the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and its application within Speech-Language Pathology. Topics addressed will include who and what is covered by HIPAA, administrative safeguards, penalties for non-compliance, and how HIPAA relates to other laws, such as the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HI-TECH) Act. US rules, regulations and laws form the foundation of this course.