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We know that brain injury often leads to cognitive challenges that can dramatically alter one’s life. Impaired attention, memory, and organizational skills affect the ability to perform basic tasks of daily living as well as complex job-related tasks. Social engagement is affected as well. All of these changes can lead to lost independence, jobs, and relationships. Cognitive rehabilitation is critical to helping survivors of brain injury learn new skills and compensations to manage cognitive deficits in order to increase independence and maximize quality of life. Speech-language pathologists, for example, provide a range of cognitive rehabilitation services, including evaluation and training in the use of external memory aids, organizational routines, and attention-concentration management strategies.
Unfortunately, private insurers do not routinely fund cognitive rehabilitation, leaving survivors without the financial means to pursue these services. In the past year, the Brain Injury Association of Oregon has supported the formation of a statewide coalition of professionals and agencies serving individuals with brain injury who have been denied coverage for cognitive rehabilitation services by private insurers, particularly Blue Cross-Blue Shield (BCBS) of Oregon, one of the largest insurers in the state. Denials are frequently based on the claim that there is insufficient research evidence to support that cognitive rehabilitation works; however, this claim is unfounded as there is abundant research showing that it does work.
The good news is that there are ways to address this unjust trend in policy. For example, in the state of Montana last year, a survivor who had been denied coverage under Blue Cross Blue Shield, appealed the decision through the external claims review process and won! Encouraged by this precedent, the BIAOR has supported the formation of a statewide coalition of professionals and agencies to learn more about this issue and to provide a resource for survivors who have been denied coverage.
If you or someone you know has been denied coverage for cognitive rehabilitation services, contact BIAOR at:
PO Box 549
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BIAOR 30th Anniversary and Pioneer Awards Recipients
Doug Schaumberg - Sailing for Brain Power "Reaching" for Hope
Update 5/21/2013: I was getting my boat ready down South in Redondo Beach and I sailed myself to Catalina. I have a volunteer captain with a nice boat up here on the Columbia.
Jeff and Chris on their Walk/Ride Multistate Brain Injury Awareness Adventure:
Journey for Thought
Read their blog and follow them on their adventure at: www.journeyforthought.com
Awareness Walk - Summer 2013
host its 1st Annual Brain Injury Awareness Walk in the summer of
2013. Enjoy music, door prizes, food, and a beautiful walk. All Brain Injury Survivors
will receive a free t-shirt.
"Standing Together to Prevent Falls"
Falls are the leading cause of injury hospitalizations and emergency room visits in Oregon, and the leading cause of death for those over the age of 65.
To reduce risk of falls, individuals are encouraged to:
Exercise regularly - focus on leg strength, weight bearing exercises, and improving balance. Tai Chi programs are especially good.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review medicines, both prescription and over-the-counter, to identify medicines that may cause side effects or interactions such as dizziness or drowsiness.
Have vision checked at least annually by an eye doctor and update eye glasses as needed.
Make homes safer by
reducing tripping hazards such as area rugs,
adding grab bars inside and outside the shower
or tub and next to the toilet, adding railings
on both sides of stairways and improving your
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