RIC Matters 2015-06-25 - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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RIC Matters 2015-06-25

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"Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.”

Winston Churchill

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Bike to Work Week a Success!

Congratulations to RIC’s 2015 Bike to Work Week participants for making this year a success!

Thirty-one participants logged a total of 552.99 miles for the week. Thanks to the Prince Family Esprit! Program, participants from across the Institute enjoyed a complimentary breakfast from the Sprout Café, received bike safety information and RIC reflective safety stickers, and had a chance to win bike and fitness related prizes.

The winners of the raffle are:

• Shandy Rivera – Kryptonite Bike U-Lock
• Edward Hitchcock – Bell Array Bike Helmet
• Natascha Mangan – FitBit Flex Wireless Activity Band

It’s not too late to join in on the fun. If you are interested in biking to work and want some more information on bike safety, bike storage at RIC or have any questions about commuting to work on your bike, please contact Laura Falgoust in the HR department at lfalgoust@ric.org or extension 8-6238.

Therapeutic Rec Patients Celebrate Hawk’s Stanley Cup Win

The Therapeutic Recreation Department last week hosted a party in celebration of the Chicago Blackhawks winning their third Stanley Cup in five years.

Patients participated in various activities, depending on their therapy goals. Activities included “Shoot the Puck,” in which patients shot a hockey ball into a net using a sledge hockey stick, a Blackhawks trivia game and “Pin the Teeth on Keith,” in which patients were able to work on fine motor goals while sticking paper teeth on a blown up face of Duncan Keith, a Chicago Blackhawks defenseman.

Patients also were able to construct their own Chicago Blackhawks pennant. While participating, patients, family members, and staff watched online streaming of Chicago Blackhawks news coverage.

Next LEAN Lunch-N-Learn: Problem Solving Tools, Root Cause Analysis

Do you see an opportunity for improvement, but are not sure how to get started? Did a safety event occur, and you want to prevent it from happening again? First step, define the problem. Second step, understand the problem and identify root causes.

As part of the LEAN Lunch-N-Learn series hosted by the Performance Improvement Team, this session will provide tools to identify problems and their root causes from simple to more complex.

This Lunch-N-Learn session will help answer questions such as, “How do I start defining my problem?” and “How do I identify the root causes?” We will learn about the five Whys, Fishbone Diagrams and how they help to break down problems to see and better define areas of focus for improvements.

All RIC staff can benefit from these tools and apply them to their own teams and processes. Please bring your lunch and join us.

What: LEAN Lunch-N-Learn: Problem Solving Tools, Root Cause Analysis.

Where: Magnuson Auditorium, 16th floor, 345 E. Superior St.

When: Friday July 10th. Starts promptly at 11:30 a.m. and ends at 12:15 p.m.

Weight Watchers Open Houses Scheduled

The Prince Family Esprit! Program is excited to announce that its 9th session of Weight Watchers at Work is starting soon!

Weight Watchers has been a great success at RIC. Participants collectively have lost more than 3,000 pounds since the introduction of the program in October 2012.

Learn more about how you can participate in Weight Watchers through RIC at the two upcoming open houses:

• Tuesday, July 15, from 11:30 a.m. to noon in Onterie, Room 1001
• Tuesday, July 21, from 11:30 a.m. to noon in the Magnuson Auditorium, 16th Floor

There are two ways for RIC employees to participate in Weight Watchers:

• Employees can attend Weight Watchers meetings at the flagship hospital
• Employees can attend Weight Watchers meetings at a local community Weight Watchers location.

The cost of the 17-week Weight Watchers at Work Program is $186. RIC will subsidize 50% of the cost up front for in-person meetings, and convenient payroll deductions are available for the remaining amount of $93. Cash, credit card or checks are also acceptable forms of payment for the employee portion of $93 due at the Weight Watchers open houses. Payroll deduction forms will be available at both of the Weight Watchers open houses.

Upon successful completion of the program (80% or more weekly meeting attendance), the employee cost of $93 will be refunded via payroll. Employees who do not attend at least 80% of the weekly meetings will not be eligible for reimbursement of the $93. Reimbursement for attendance at a community site will be done via payroll as well.

If you have any questions about participation in the Weight Watchers at Work program, please contact Laura Falgoust at lfalgoust@ric.org or 312-238-6238.

Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research Publishes Five Articles

Dr. Allen Heinemann and the Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research (CROR) are happy to announce the publication of five manuscripts in the April issue of Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Funded by a National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research Training Center grant, titled “Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes,” CROR published the development and initial testing of a new set of Environmental Factor Item Banks (“E-FIB”), geared toward measuring the environment and access to resources for people with disabilities.

Click the following link to the journal and the articles listed below:  http://www.archives-pmr.org/issue/S0003-9993(14)X0016-X

1. Environmental Factors Item Development for Persons With Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Spinal Cord Injury. Heinemann, Allen W. et al.  Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Volume 96, Issue 4, 589 - 595.

2. Theoretical Foundations for the Measurement of Environmental Factors and Their Impact on Participation Among People With Disabilities. Magasi, Susan et al.  Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Volume 96, Issue 4, 569 - 577.

3. Developing an Item Bank to Measure Economic Quality of Life for Individuals With Disabilities. Tulsky, David S. et al. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Volume 96, Issue 4, 604 - 613.

4. Environmental Barriers and Supports to Everyday Participation: A Qualitative Insider Perspective From People With Disabilities. Hammel, Joy et al.  Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Volume 96, Issue 4, 578 – 588.

5. Development of Self-Report Measures of Social Attitudes That Act As Environmental Barriers and Facilitators for People With Disabilities. Garcia, Sofia F. et al. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Volume 96, Issue 4, 596 – 603.

ICD-10: What’s Coming in the Months Ahead

Last month, RIC Matters published an article providing background information on the healthcare industry’s conversion from the ICD-9 to ICD-10 system for coding diagnoses, along with the steps RIC is taking to prepare.

ICD-10 will be used by healthcare organizations and payers to classify, bill and reimburse based on common definitions of disease states. The transition to ICD-10 will result in a significant change in the way our clinicians and coders document patient diagnoses and treatments in the medical record system. In particular, ICD-10 requires additional specificity with respect to why a particular diagnosis has been given and the affected location of the body.

RIC physicians and some other clinicians requiring in-depth education already have received access to online training that is focused on ICD-10 in the rehabilitation setting. Approximately 45% of those enrolled in online training have already accessed the courses. As a friendly reminder, this training must be completed by the deadline listed in your ICD-10 provider training enrollment email.

The online training is very detailed and specific to coding patient diagnosis data. Thus, it is not required of all RIC clinicians, but instead has been distributed to those personnel who document patient diagnosis.

If you believe that you should have received an email regarding online training but did not, please contact ICD-10@ric.org. In the coming months, the ICD-10 implementation team will be rolling out other forms of ICD-10 education to RIC clinicians and  staff, including a helpful video with details on the system, specific to the rehabilitation setting.

For additional information regarding the implementation of ICD-10, please email ICD-10@ric.org.

RIC Insider


RIC to Host Aphasia Day Conference June 28

RIC’s Center for Aphasia Research is hosting its 13th annual Aphasia Day Conference on Sunday, June 28.

Attendees will participate in morning and afternoon classes and enjoy a continental breakfast and a box lunch. The cost for the entire day is $10 for persons with aphasia, and $15 for their friends and family.

Registration is underway. Registration forms, schedules and class descriptions can be found by clicking here.

Fourth of July Day Employee Holiday on Friday, July 3

Because the Fourth of July falls on a Saturday this year, the official employee holiday will be on Friday, July 3.

RIC Sports & Fitness Calendar

For the latest information on sports and fitness events, please click here.

RIC Matters Submission Deadline

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Superior Street Sprout Café Menu

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