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April 2013

Act FAST for Stroke in May

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This year’s National Stroke Awareness Month theme is Act FAST for Stroke. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. and kills nearly 130,000 people each year—it’s time we arm ourselves with information and take charge. Too few people understand that up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented. Even fewer people can name even one of the warning signs of stroke.

This May, raise awareness among your patients through the following opportunities:

  1. Explore the EKit in the Stroke Awareness Resource Center, and share newly refreshed materials for social media, web, flyers and more.
  2. Share some of our most popular fact sheets and our Explaining Stroke 101 PowerPoint, now available in Spanish!
  3. Start thinking of nominating someone for the Raising Awareness in Stroke Excellence (RAISE) Awards! A new format for 2013 will be unveiled in mid-May. For now, let last year’s winners inspire you.
  4. Allow your patients to “experience” the warning signs of stroke over a 24-hour period in our texting campaign. The campaign will also explain controllable and lifestyle risk factors so patients can take control in preventing stroke. Watch for more details in May.

Accreditation About to Run Out

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Looking for opportunities to earn continuing education credits? The Controversies in Stroke Care: Redefining Exclusion/Inclusion Criteria for IV tPA Use on-demand program is expiring in July 2013. View the program now.

This complimentary 60-minute program is accredited for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ and 1 ANCC credit. If you want to watch the program in a group, please contact Valerie Siebert-Thomas at vsiebert-thomas@stroke.org for the necessary information.

Supported by an independent educational grant from Genentech, Inc. and supported by Penumbra, Inc.

Medicare Expands Coverage

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Medicare must now cover skilled nursing and therapy services under the settlement agreement in Jimmo v. Sebelius. Coverage will no longer be denied if your patient has plateaued.

Coverage applies in all settings and is retroactive, applying to claims filed after Jan. 18, 2011. Read more.

As a healthcare professional, you have the ability to educate your community on the signs of stroke and how to act FAST.

Download more helpful tools to raise stroke awareness.

These materials are brought to you by Genentech, Inc.

Complete Your Elite Certification

The first set of seminars for the Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist (CSRS) certification ended in January and the exam is now online. If you completed the seminars, please contact Denise Henasey for the exam information and become a member of the inaugural CSRS class!

To learn more, visit www.stroke.org/CSRS.


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