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The CARF Connection blog, previously distributed in the form of a newsletter, provides timely tips, resources, and updates about CARF accreditation, business practices, and related matters. Learn about current trends in the fields that CARF accredits, improving services, and the latest CARF news.

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Adaptive fitness fuels my SCI journey

By T. Kent Keyser, Public Policy Fellow, United Spinal Association 

Kent spent more than three decades working for a prominent member of the U.S. House of Representatives. That experience coupled with his natural resilience and optimism helped him overcome rehabilitation obstacles following a severe spinal cord injury from a freak accident in his home. Kent took charge of his own recovery and is now a national advocate for others with spinal cord injury or other paralyzing conditions.  



CMS clarifies “Improvement Standard” to the benefit of persons served

By Alexandra Bennewith, M.P.A., Vice President, Government Relations and Jane Wierbicky, RN, Information Specialist, United Spinal Association

Recent CMS actions provide welcome clarity to providers, insurers, and individuals with chronic conditions who need rehabilitative therapies and other skilled services, even when their underlying condition will not improve. 

The actions include revisions to the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual, a CMS webpage devoted to the topic, and a nationwide education campaign.



How accreditation supports child welfare’s shift to prevention

By Brad Contento, Corporate Communications

One of the biggest drivers of service options is the availability of funding. When a piece of federal legislation redefines how public funds can be used, it changes the array of available services.

The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) primary focus is prevention services. Simply put, states will be able to use Title IV-E foster-care funds for services for children at risk of entering foster care. Previously, these funds could be used only for foster care itself and for adoption assistance.


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