Keep Pediatric Therapy in Texas

July 16, 2015

What You Need To Know About Proposed Pediatric Therapy Reimbursement Cuts in Texas The Texas Health and Human Services Commission has released a new rate packet for pediatric therapy services. The proposed therapy rate cut plan is a 30% reduction for medically necessary therapy services provided to the children that we serve. It is scheduled to go into effect on September 1, 2015 and will seriously threaten access-to-care for acute care therapy services. Whether you are on the provider or patient side, it will take all of us working together and communicating with our legislators in order to raise awareness…Read More

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Meet a Member of the Epic Team: Aracely

May 27, 2015

Meet a Member of the Epic Team Today, it’s our honor to introduce you to Aracely Perez Filsinger, speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA) with our pediatric therapy clinic in San Antonio, Texas. Q: What do you enjoy most about being an SLPA? A: I love waking up, going to work, and seeing the smiles of my patients and coworkers. I love that I can make a difference one sign, one sound, one word, one sentence and one voice at a time. As Megan Hodge said, “A career in speech-language pathology challenges you to use the talents of your mind in combination…Read More

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Meet a Member of the Epic Team: Arlene

May 22, 2015

Meet a Member of the Epic Team Today, it’s our honor to introduce you to Arlene Carrillo, speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA) with our pediatric therapy clinic in Allen, Texas. Q: What do you enjoy most about being an SLPA? A: I love being an SLPA because I have the opportunity to help individuals communicate more efficiently with their family, friends and peers. Q: Why did you choose to work at Epic? A: I chose to work for Epic because everyone here was so welcoming and offered their help when I was new to this field having just graduated college. My coworkers and…Read More

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10 Signs Your Child Might Need a Speech Therapist

May 8, 2015

Parents know their child best.  As children age, watching for milestones across several areas of development is a key way to ensure your child is growing appropriately.  Speech development can be a tricky milestone to look for as children, as in most things, progress in their own time.  Knowing when it is time to bring in a speech therapist is a personal, parental decision but there are definitive signs to be aware of and to look for in your child.  Should you opt to have a physician provide a diagnosis, seek the help of a specialist. Do not rely on…Read More

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Infographic: Epic at a Glance

March 25, 2015

As we enter the 2nd quarter of 2015, we are excited to look back at the previous year and share these incredible results with you via the infographic [PDF] below. Highlights: In 2014, we proudly served 16,900 patients. In 2014, our exceptional team of nurses and therapists provided 8,000,000 hours of care. We continue to offer exceptional care for children and adults including home health care, skilled nursing, therapy, behavioral health and personal care.

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How Dental Issues May Impact Speech

February 12, 2015

How Dental Issues May Impact Speech Did you know your teeth play an important role in how you speak? Sometimes, dental issues may impact or hinder a person’s pronunciation. Other issues that may affect speech include tongue thrust, immature swallow patterns, open bite or a cleft lip or palate. A tongue thrust is when the tongue pushes on the teeth and causes pressure which leads to a change in the position of the teeth. Untreated tongue thrusts or an immature swallow pattern can lead to crooked or misaligned teeth in children and adults. If the tongue thrust goes untreated, the…Read More

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Meet a Member of the Epic Family: Kamdyn

October 27, 2014

Meet a Member! Meet Kamdyn, a precious 13-month-old girl who loves music, dancing, dolls and watching her brothers play sports and has overcome many difficulties in her young life. Born two and a half months prematurely, Kamdyn was having trouble meeting certain developmental milestones as she grew. Her mother noticed this and took action. In February, Kamdyn began receiving occupational, speech and physical therapy services from our office in Lubbock, Texas, and the results have been amazing. Before she began therapy, Kamdyn was unable to eat without leaking formula, she did not startle to the sound of loud noises, and…Read More

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Music and Therapy: The Perfect Combination

August 29, 2014

Music and Therapy: The Perfect Combination Did you know music can help your child succeed in therapy? Music has the ability to create a fun atmosphere and improve the child’s attitude toward treatment and his or her therapist. If your child experiences nervousness before or during therapy sessions, music can help calm and ease those anxieties. The right melody may also serve as a motivator when used in between or during sessions. Therapists often use music in therapy sessions for these very reasons. You can incorporate music into your child’s daily routine to help them develop and strengthen skills that…Read More

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Tyler Team Hosts Assistive Technology Course for Therapists

August 1, 2014

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At Epic, we continually aim to improve the delivery of our pediatric therapy services. One way we do that is by offering continuing education unit (CEU) opportunities for our therapists. We want our therapists to always be ahead of the curve, providing the best possible care for our patients. Last Friday, pediatric therapists gathered in Tyler, Texas, to attend, “Assistive Technology: From Assessment to Delivery and Beyond,” an Epic-hosted CEU course focused on ways to help children using assistive technology devices and services. The all-day event covered topics such as understanding assistive technology devices, evaluations to identify candidates for such…Read More

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Professional Development for Epic Therapists

July 14, 2014

At Epic, we are grateful for all that our therapists do each day for our patients. Part of the way that Epic shows its support for these incredible individuals is by offering professional development to them, to keep them ahead of the curve and moving forward in their career. Epic supports the professional development of our therapists in several ways, including offering continuing education unit (CEU) opportunities, preceptor programs and establishing a team of discipline-specific leaders. CEU Opportunities Our Texas therapists enjoy more than 30 CEU opportunities throughout the year. The sessions cover a variety of therapy-related topics including sensory…Read More

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