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Kessler scientists envision opportunities amid the challenges of rehabilitation research

EAST HANOVER, N.J. (PRWEB) February 05, 2020
A team of scientists at Kessler Foundation have proposed solutions to the challenges of conducting rehabilitation research. Their article, “Considerations of power and sample size in rehabilitation research,” (doi: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2019.08.009 ) was e-published on October 23, 2019 by the International Journal of Psychophysiology. The authors are Olga Boukrina, PhD, research scientist in the Center for Stroke Rehabilitation Research, and N. Erkut Kucukboyaci, PhD, associate research scientist, and Ekaterina Dobryakova, PhD, research scientist, in the Center for Traumatic Brain Injury Research.
Link to abstract: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0167876019304738The challenges to conducting research in the field of medical rehabilitation are many. Inherent to the process of recruiting and conducting studies in people with disabilities are lower enrollment, higher costs, greater inter-individual variability, and lack of clarity regarding the application of standard measurement tools to these clinical populations.
According to the Kessler team, the challenges of rehabilitation research warrant a more nuanced approach to research design. The team acknowledges the impact that small sample size has on effect size, but suggests that this can be accommodated in rehabilitation research because benefits to small homogeneous groups of patients might outweigh statistical generalizability. They further propose that the reliability of results could be maximized even with small sample sizes by incorporating more trials per participant, conducting high-precision measurements, harnessing inter-individual variability, and validating statistical models within and across studies. Consideration of these design choices will be an essential step toward promoting transparency and encouraging the replication of findings with the potential to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Addressing the challenges of rehabilitation research requires creative thinking and innovative approaches to address the high variability. Meeting these challenges may fuel new advances in telemedicine, machine learning, and neuroimaging, with the potential to benefit all individuals.
Drs. Kucukboyaci and Dobryakova are former recipients of Switzer Research Fellowships awarded by the National Institute on Disability Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research.
About Kessler FoundationKessler Foundation, a major nonprofit organization in the field of disability, is a global leader in rehabilitation research that seeks to improve cognition, mobility and long-term outcomes, including employment, for people with neurological disabilities caused by diseases and injuries of the brain and spinal cord. Kessler Foundation leads the nation in funding innovative programs that expand opportunities for employment for people with disabilities. For more information, visit KesslerFoundation.org.
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For more information, or to interview an expert,contact:Carolann Murphy, 973.324.8382, CMurphy@KesslerFoundation.org.Rob Gerth, 973.323.3675; RGerth@KesslerFoundation.org

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Kessler scientists envision opportunities amid the challenges of rehabilitation research

EAST HANOVER, N.J. (PRWEB) February 05, 2020
A team of scientists at Kessler Foundation have proposed solutions to the challenges of conducting rehabilitation research. Their article, “Considerations of power and sample size in rehabilitation research,” (doi: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2019.08.009 ) was e-published on October 23, 2019 by the International Journal of Psychophysiology. The authors are Olga Boukrina, PhD, research scientist in the Center for Stroke Rehabilitation Research, and N. Erkut Kucukboyaci, PhD, associate research scientist, and Ekaterina Dobryakova, PhD, research scientist, in the Center for Traumatic Brain Injury Research.
Link to abstract: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0167876019304738The challenges to conducting research in the field of medical rehabilitation are many. Inherent to the process of recruiting and conducting studies in people with disabilities are lower enrollment, higher costs, greater inter-individual variability, and lack of clarity regarding the application of standard measurement tools to these clinical populations.
According to the Kessler team, the challenges of rehabilitation research warrant a more nuanced approach to research design. The team acknowledges the impact that small sample size has on effect size, but suggests that this can be accommodated in rehabilitation research because benefits to small homogeneous groups of patients might outweigh statistical generalizability. They further propose that the reliability of results could be maximized even with small sample sizes by incorporating more trials per participant, conducting high-precision measurements, harnessing inter-individual variability, and validating statistical models within and across studies. Consideration of these design choices will be an essential step toward promoting transparency and encouraging the replication of findings with the potential to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Addressing the challenges of rehabilitation research requires creative thinking and innovative approaches to address the high variability. Meeting these challenges may fuel new advances in telemedicine, machine learning, and neuroimaging, with the potential to benefit all individuals.
Drs. Kucukboyaci and Dobryakova are former recipients of Switzer Research Fellowships awarded by the National Institute on Disability Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research.
About Kessler FoundationKessler Foundation, a major nonprofit organization in the field of disability, is a global leader in rehabilitation research that seeks to improve cognition, mobility and long-term outcomes, including employment, for people with neurological disabilities caused by diseases and injuries of the brain and spinal cord. Kessler Foundation leads the nation in funding innovative programs that expand opportunities for employment for people with disabilities. For more information, visit KesslerFoundation.org.
Stay ConnectedTwitter | http://Twitter.com/KesslerFdnFacebook | http://Facebook.com/KesslerFoundationYouTube | http://Youtube.com/user/KesslerFoundationInstagram | http://Instagram.com/kesslerfdniTunes & SoundCloud | http://Soundcloud.com/kesslerfoundation
For more information, or to interview an expert,contact:Carolann Murphy, 973.324.8382, CMurphy@KesslerFoundation.org.Rob Gerth, 973.323.3675; RGerth@KesslerFoundation.org

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Kessler scientists envision opportunities amid the challenges of rehabilitation research

EAST HANOVER, N.J. (PRWEB) February 05, 2020
A team of scientists at Kessler Foundation have proposed solutions to the challenges of conducting rehabilitation research. Their article, “Considerations of power and sample size in rehabilitation research,” (doi: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2019.08.009 ) was e-published on October 23, 2019 by the International Journal of Psychophysiology. The authors are Olga Boukrina, PhD, research scientist in the Center for Stroke Rehabilitation Research, and N. Erkut Kucukboyaci, PhD, associate research scientist, and Ekaterina Dobryakova, PhD, research scientist, in the Center for Traumatic Brain Injury Research.
Link to abstract: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0167876019304738The challenges to conducting research in the field of medical rehabilitation are many. Inherent to the process of recruiting and conducting studies in people with disabilities are lower enrollment, higher costs, greater inter-individual variability, and lack of clarity regarding the application of standard measurement tools to these clinical populations.
According to the Kessler team, the challenges of rehabilitation research warrant a more nuanced approach to research design. The team acknowledges the impact that small sample size has on effect size, but suggests that this can be accommodated in rehabilitation research because benefits to small homogeneous groups of patients might outweigh statistical generalizability. They further propose that the reliability of results could be maximized even with small sample sizes by incorporating more trials per participant, conducting high-precision measurements, harnessing inter-individual variability, and validating statistical models within and across studies. Consideration of these design choices will be an essential step toward promoting transparency and encouraging the replication of findings with the potential to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Addressing the challenges of rehabilitation research requires creative thinking and innovative approaches to address the high variability. Meeting these challenges may fuel new advances in telemedicine, machine learning, and neuroimaging, with the potential to benefit all individuals.
Drs. Kucukboyaci and Dobryakova are former recipients of Switzer Research Fellowships awarded by the National Institute on Disability Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research.
About Kessler FoundationKessler Foundation, a major nonprofit organization in the field of disability, is a global leader in rehabilitation research that seeks to improve cognition, mobility and long-term outcomes, including employment, for people with neurological disabilities caused by diseases and injuries of the brain and spinal cord. Kessler Foundation leads the nation in funding innovative programs that expand opportunities for employment for people with disabilities. For more information, visit KesslerFoundation.org.
Stay ConnectedTwitter | http://Twitter.com/KesslerFdnFacebook | http://Facebook.com/KesslerFoundationYouTube | http://Youtube.com/user/KesslerFoundationInstagram | http://Instagram.com/kesslerfdniTunes & SoundCloud | http://Soundcloud.com/kesslerfoundation
For more information, or to interview an expert,contact:Carolann Murphy, 973.324.8382, CMurphy@KesslerFoundation.org.Rob Gerth, 973.323.3675; RGerth@KesslerFoundation.org

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Affinity Relationships with Major Card Issuers Will Give Rise to New Super-Cobranded Opportunities in 2020

“Major card issuers and new brands will come together to maximize synergistic results and promote loyalty through consumer rewards.” Says Monice Eaton-Cardone

“Affinity relationships is a powerful and very innovative tool,” says Eaton-Cardone, “and it will continue to grow in importance in the online economy.”

TAMPA, Fla. (PRWEB) February 03, 2020
Affinity relationships with major card issuers and brands is on the rise for 2020. In the “Age of The Credit Card Bonus,” there is an endless and growing list of card issuers with a long list of cards creating a highly competitive environment to attract customers.(1) Special introductory bonuses with their plastic has become not only the norm but has proliferated into a legal, but industry-detested byproduct called “credit card churning,” referring to the practice of consumers repeatedly opening and closing a credit card to earn its signup bonus.(2)(3) Monica Eaton-Cardone, an entrepreneur and global fintech executive specializing in risk management and fraud prevention, says some cardholders may churn 10 or even more cards in one year, due to brand affiliations’ offerings proving extremely popular with consumers.
Some issuers object to credit card churn, and a few are trying to take action against it. Chase, for example, has adopted the “5/24 rule,” in which it refuses to open a new card account for anyone who has opened five or more personal credit cards (with any bank or issuer) in the previous 24 months.(4) American Express has issued a notice suggesting that abusers may lose out on future sign-up bonuses.(4) Most issuers, however, seem to be taking the churn phenomenon in stride. “The fact that this is going on,” says Eaton-Cardone, “simply demonstrates that affinity relationships work, and that affiliations between brands and card issuers are extremely effective.”
So effective, in fact, that it has been suggested—only slightly tongue in cheek—that brands struggling with public and market perception issues might consider launching affinity credit card programs of their own. Some possibilities that have been mentioned include Boeing, the Democratic Party, Uber, Kroger, McDonalds, Facebook, the Olympics, retailers testing new private brands, and all car manufacturers.(5) Eaton-Cardone says it’s not that outlandish and predicts it will happen starting in 2020.
“Affinity relationships is a powerful and very innovative tool,” says Eaton-Cardone, “and it will continue to grow in importance in the online economy. Just as subscription box services continue to grow, major card issuers and brands will come together to maximize synergistic results and promote loyalty through consumer rewards.”
While 2019 was a boon for the credit cards industry, 2020 is set to be even bigger.
Why the rise in popularity in loyalty rewards and affinity relationships for credit cards?
One reason for this popularity, notes Eaton-Cardone, is that card issuers offer quite generous sign-up bonuses. An issuer’s affinity with an airline, for example, might offer new cardholders 50,000 travel miles if they spend $4,000 within three months of opening the card account—12.5 miles per dollar, as opposed to the more usual 2-5 miles per dollar. This has led to a practice called credit card churning, in which consumers repeatedly sign up for a new credit card, spend enough to earn the opening bonus rewards, and then stop using the card.(5)

Who pays for rewards on credit cards?
Businesses that accept credit cards have to pay a bank fee every time a customer pays with a card. They typically raise prices for all customers (including cash payers) to pass these fees onto consumers. This is lop-sided though, as credit cards are far more common among people who live in high-income households.(6)

Credit card affinity programs, what are those?
In simple terms, a credit card affinity program is an avenue way to earn money by introducing perspective clients to credit cards. This is done by permitting advertising on your personal website, or even devoting an entire website to the marketing of those credit cards. Credit card affiliation programs are one of the more lucrative affinity programs that exist. (7)
Eaton-Cardone says that with the rise of affinity relationships and loyalty rewards, there will be more businesses starting credit card affinity programs—which will increase the potentially for fraud and stealth of loyalty rewards, which is already becoming prolific.
“Loyalty Rewards and credit card points is such a windfall, one site built an entire business around it,” she says, referring to The Points Guy, an American travel website and blog that produces news and stories on travel detailing various means of accumulating and using airline points and miles.
The Future of Card Rewards
1.    “For one, there will no end in sight of the [credit card] industry ridding itself of affinity relationships and loyalty reward programs—it will also continue to increase affinity marketing programs but will also boost the fraud connected with it.
2.    “There will be more and more restrictions as issuers continue to compete against each other for long-term, loyal cardholders—consumers will need read the fine print when signing up for credit cards with these opportunities.”
3.    “The travel and hospitality industry will experience a burst of “super-cobranded” cards with retail, restaurant, attraction and event brands joining together to exploit a targeted set of consumers who travel for work, family vacations or even adventure/extreme vacations.
Monica Eaton-Cardone frequently discusses fraud prevention, FinTech and security best practices at industry conferences and events around the globe.
About Monica Eaton-CardoneAn acclaimed entrepreneur, speaker and author, Monica Eaton-Cardone is widely recognized as a thought leader in the FinTech industry and a champion of women in technology. She established her entrepreneurial credentials upon selling her first business at the age of 19. When a subsequent eCommerce venture was plagued by revenue-leeching chargebacks and fraud, Eaton-Cardone rose to the challenge by developing a robust solution that combined human insight and Agile technology. Today, her innovations are used by thousands of companies worldwide, cementing her reputation as one of the payment industry’s foremost experts in risk management, chargeback mitigation and fraud prevention. As CIO of Global Risk Technologies and COO of Chargebacks911, Eaton-Cardone leverages her global platform to educate merchants on best practices in fraud prevention and to spotlight the competitive and economic advantages women can bring to the technology workforce. Her nonprofit organization, Get Paid for Grades, invests in students to inspire a new generation of innovators. Get to know Eaton-Cardone at http://monicaec.com
1.    Frankel, Matt. “Best Rewards Credit Cards for January 2020.” The Ascent, 14 Jan. 2020, fool.com/the-ascent/credit-cards/best-rewards-credit-cards/.2.    Calonia, Jennifer. “Am I Cut Out for Credit Card Churning?” U.S. News & World Report, U.S. News & World Report, 28 June 2019, creditcards.usnews.com/articles/what-is-credit-card-churning.3.    Volkman, Eric. “Is Credit Card Churning Worth It?” The Ascent, The Ascent, 30 July 2019, fool.com/the-ascent/credit-cards/articles/is-credit-card-churning-worth-it/.4.    Adams, Riley, “Credit Card Churning and How to Exploit Special Offers, Young and the Invested, 2019.5.    Calonia, Jennifer, “What Is Credit Card Churning?”, U.S. News & World Report, June 28, 2019.6.    Yohn, Denise Lee, “Brands to Watch in 2020,” Forbes, December 3, 2019.7.    “Amex Throws Warning to Customers Abusing Credit Card Sign Up Bonuses,” God Save the Points, June 7, 2019.8.    Goldstein, Jacob. “Who Pays For Credit Card Rewards?” NPR, NPR, 27 July 2010, npr.org/sections/money/2010/07/27/128797815/credit-card-rewards-the-poor-pay-the-rich-benefit.9.    “Wahm Articles.” Wahm, wahm.com/articles/how-a-credit-card-affiliate-program-works.html.

Industry-Leading Tech Companies Discover Untapped Opportunities Thanks to the Earned Media Advantage Guided Tour

Transforming ‘owned media’ into the Earned Media Advantage, industry-leading tech companies entrust Newswire’s Guided Tour to improve media and marketing communications strategy
Press Release – updated: Jan 30, 2020 09:17 EST

NEW YORK, January 30, 2020 (Newswire.com) – Newswire’s Earned Media Advantage Guided Tour has revitalized and helped industry-leading tech companies discover untapped opportunities hidden in press releases. Each tech company connected with an Earned Media Advantage Strategist to complete a media communications survey, which allowed the strategist to create a comprehensive media and marketing communications plan based on each company’s content and goals. This plan adds value to every release, complimenting press releases with programs and campaigns. This new media and marketing strategy on demand has been adopted to accelerate their time to market and gain the Earned Media Advantage: greater brand awareness, increased traffic, generate greater return on media and marketing communications spend, and increased sales. 
“Seeing these leading tech companies further prosper in the industry thanks to the Guided Tour has been a true win for Newswire,” said Charlie Terenzio, Director of Earned Media Strategy at Newswire. 
The technology space is constantly changing with new innovations being revealed every day. As part of the Guided Tour, tech companies are able to stay ahead of the game with the help of their strategist, who keeps a close look at emerging industry trends monitoring and creating strategies on how they can get ahead. 
Speaking about the process of discovering new opportunities for each tech company, Terenzio said, “Strategists work diligently with each company to better understand their needs. With a fresh set of new eyes, our strategists are able to pinpoint exciting new ventures or stories the tech companies would not have found themselves.”
Based on the data, strategists are able to create a ‘customerized’ media and marketing communications plan on-demand to be used for every press release campaign a tech company decides to publish. Having this on-demand strategy helps improve the longevity of each campaign, cut the company’s time to market and take a closer step in gaining the Earned Media Advantage. 
Discover How the Earned Media Advantage is Transforming Business today and learn how to compete in the industry.
About Newswire
Newswire delivers press release and multimedia distribution software and services (SaaS) that empower the Earned Media Advantage: greater brand awareness, increased traffic, greater return on media and marketing communications spend and a competitive edge. With over a decade of experience, Newswire continues to provide its customers with the ability to deliver the right message to the right audience at the right time through the right medium.
To learn and experience Newswire, visit http://www.newswire.com.
Contact Information​​: Anthony SantiagoVice President of MarketingNewswireOffice: 917-398-2622​anthony@newswire.com​
Source: Newswire

Challenges and Opportunities when Entering the Medicare Advantage Market: Insights from RAM Technologies, Inc.

RAM provides expert guidance and an end-to-end software suite that deploys rapidly, ensuring our health plan clients achieve operational readiness in the shortest amount of time possible.

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. (PRWEB) January 28, 2020
RAM Technologies, Inc., the perennial leader in the development of enterprise software for Medicare Advantage and Special Needs health plans, is pleased to announce the availability of a new report as part of the “Sharing Knowledge to Improve Healthcare Administration” (SKIHA) program. This month, members of the SKIHA program (free registration) are granted complimentary access to the RAM report, Challenges and Opportunities when Entering the Medicare Advantage Market.
Medicare Advantage (MA) represents a tremendous growth opportunity for health insurers as more Americans are reaching the age of eligibility. Increasing enrollment in MA plans across the country is evidence that seniors favor the improved and pro-active care management, extended benefits and services and lower costs often provided by competitive MA plans. This is exciting news for the industry; however, while the opportunity is there, government regulation and growing competition present unique challenges for organizations looking to enter the MA market. This highly regulated space demands that health plans are fully prepared prior to entry, and with so many processes and tools needed to attain operational readiness and compliance with regulatory mandates, it can be a daunting task.
“RAM Technologies is solely focused on the MA and SNP marketplace”, said Christopher P. Minton, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for RAM Technologies, Inc. “RAM provides expert guidance and an end-to-end software suite that deploys rapidly, ensuring our health plan clients achieve operational readiness in the shortest amount of time possible. Our processes ensure compliance with new and evolving industry regulations and mandates, allowing the plan to focus on the care of their beneficiaries.”
In 2019, more than 22 million Americans received their health care through Medicare Advantage plans and that number is expected to grow even more over the next decade. These are boom times for MA, but the unique challenges that these organizations face in implementing CMS and state requirements requires a firm understanding of the industry as well as end-to-end technologies that facilitate a smooth transition from CMS confirmation to open enrollment. To learn more about the Challenges and Opportunities when Entering the Medicare Advantage Market – CLICK HERE.
RAM Technologies is a leading healthcare software and services provider with over 30 years of experience delivering proven administrative solutions to the healthcare payer market, with a specific focus on simplifying the administration of Medicare Advantage. The RAM offering, ’Medicare Advantage-in-a-Box’, represents the leading end-to-end solution for health plans administering MA or looking for a simplified way to get into the MA / SNP market.
About the ProgramEstablished in 2015, the SKIHA program (Sharing Knowledge to Improve Healthcare Administration), provides an open platform to share industry analysis and research, helping the payer community prepare for the future. Each and every month the SKIHA program makes available special content, with unique insight and in-depth industry knowledge, to those in the position to enact real change. This open exchange of ideas supplies the information health plans need to improve operations, increase productivity and reduce costs.
About RAM Technologies, Inc.RAM Technologies is the industry leader in helping organizations that are interested in starting a Medicare Advantage plan. Every day more and more people are asking, “How Do I Become a Medicare Advantage Health Plan?” We offer a step-by-step process to succeed. Whether you are a health system looking to transition to Medicare Advantage or a new entity looking for Steps to Succeed as a Medicare Advantage start-up, we can help. To learn more about launching a Medicare Advantage Plan, answering the question, “What do I need to do to start a Medicare Advantage Health Plan?” call (877) 654-8810 x 4 or visit http://www.ramtechinc.com.

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