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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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FFPSA changing funding for child welfare services

By CARF International

For U.S. providers of child-welfare services, one of the most impactful laws to take effect this year has been the federal Family First Prevention Services Act or FFPSA.



Spotlight on a practical tool based on research

By Amy Ryan, MS, CCC-SLP and Dana Read, MS, CCC-SLP; CBIS-T

Screening for dysphagia and risk of aspiration in stroke patients

As speech pathologists and leaders in the stroke rehabilitation acute care setting, we know that a reliable swallow-screening tool is essential in treating patients at risk for dysphagia. Early detection of dysphagia and the risk of aspiration are critical in improving swallowing function during a patient’s hospital course. This is especially important with stroke patients, a population in which oropharyngeal dysphagia occurs in 42%–67% of patients within the first 3 days.


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