Blog Weekly News Scan: Holistic health education for patients, Government shutdown impact on healthcare By Taylor Goldsmith, 01.18.19 FacebookTwitterLinkedin This week in the news, we include a discussion around how and why PTs should continue emphasizing the impact of lifestyle choices with patients and how the government shutdown is impacting healthcare. We hope you enjoy! Lifestyle medicine for physical therapists, Rehab Insider, January 15, 2019: Physical therapists provide education for patients on a long list of both daily activities and health topics like joint protection, proper lifting techniques, pre- and post-surgical guidelines and more. Even so, ample research has come out lately that stresses the importance of other holistic lifestyle choices made by patients and how these choices impact their overall health (like sleep and stress management). Don’t miss this overview of areas PTs need to continue emphasizing in their clinical care with patients. Government shutdown spares Medicare, Medicaid, but has other impacts, Health Payer Intelligence, January 11, 2019: As the government shut down carries on, many are worried about the impact it has on government funded healthcare programs. The good news is that funding for CMS is assured until September 30, 2019; the bad news is that agencies like the FDA and Indian Health Services (IHS) are currently unfunded creating a ripple effect that’s felt in many facets of the healthcare industry. While these agencies are currently trying to remain fully staffed, as the shutdown drags on, it’s unclear how much longer they can remain open – and what the aftermath of the shutdown holds. Like what you see? Subscribe to our blog digest to get our news scan delivered to your inbox every week. Sign up today.