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A COTA’s First
April 11, 2014 9:36 AM by Tim Banish
This month marks my first year of retirement, and of course another birthday. As I continue to adapt to that change I got to thinking about some of the first things I did as a COTA. Some were fun, some were not. There were even a few things that made Read More...
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Yesterday's Occupational Therapy
January 17, 2014 8:58 AM by Tim Banish
Things have changed in our profession over the years. Between insurance regulations, productivity requirements and Medicare cut-backs the field has become more about dollars than treating people in need. So today I thought I would do a "Throw-back" blog. Read More...
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Small Gym, Big Caseload
January 10, 2014 9:58 AM by Tim Banish
Do you work in a facility where the rehab gym is quite small? Or with all the equipment needed for the gym there is hardly any floor space left? Can you comfortably seat 20% of your caseload in the gym at the same time without stepping on feet or over Read More...
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Why I Liked Being a COTA
November 29, 2013 8:50 AM by Tim Banish
There are many reasons why I liked being a COTA. You could always find a job almost anywhere in the country, the salary was fairly good, you got to meet lots of people and work with some great therapists. As one who moved across state lines three times Read More...
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What’s Our Job?
November 8, 2013 8:35 AM by Tim Banish
As a COTA, I've always thought my job was to get people better so they can resume their life. Whatever they need that I, as an OT, can offer to help them achieve that goal is what I want them to have. Of course with geriatric rehab, most of the patients' Read More...
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Promoting the COTA Profession
November 5, 2013 11:22 AM by Tim Banish
As a COTA for many years I've always found that the profession seemed to minimize our role in the therapy world. There are only a few avenues available for a COTA to advance in the profession, and most are either ignored or make little difference in how Read More...
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History of a COTA Salary
October 25, 2013 11:37 AM by Tim Banish
When I began my career as a COTA in 1990 my pay rate was $18,000 per year. Over the next few years as companies began to find the formula for maximizing income from therapy, COTA salaries went up drastically. By 1997 I was earning $54,000 as a program Read More...
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The Future of COTAs
October 18, 2013 1:56 PM by Tim Banish
Healthcare reform, the economic recession, reduced insurance reimbursements, Medicare and Medicaid cutbacks -- how will this affect the future of the COTA? Some people are quite nervous right now, thinking that Obamacare will eliminate the COTA position. Read More...
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Retirement Thoughts
September 13, 2013 10:56 AM by Tim Banish
So when you retire will you still work? Isn't retirement supposed to be when you can stop working? The problem is many people who plan to retire early are not financially ready to make that transition. The first thing that you'll need to consider is your Read More...
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Rural Therapy
September 8, 2013 8:48 AM by Tim Banish
I just returned from a trip out to the Midwest visiting family. They live in a small town with a population of around 4,000 people. Towns out there are miles apart, and the closest city for major shopping is almost an hour away. That got me thinking about Read More...
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Things to Know About the Affordable Care Act
August 30, 2013 8:44 AM by Tim Banish
October 1st is the official sign up start for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare. There are some things you will need to know before that time, especially if you purchase your own medical insurance. If you have medical insurance Read More...
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Continuing Education in the Old Days
August 23, 2013 5:47 PM by Tim Banish
So are you one of the ones that hates having to attend yet another long and boring continuing education class? Over my years as a COTA I attended many classes to get Continuing Education Credits (CEUs). Yes some are boring, and repetitious, but it's all Read More...
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Doctors Opting Out of Medicare
August 11, 2013 4:52 PM by Tim Banish
Hello Readers. Sorry I've been gone for a while. From now on I will be posting a new blog every Friday. More rules and smaller reimbursement rates lead to frustrated doctors who have begun to opt out of participation with Medicare. The number of doctors Read More...
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Changes
July 29, 2013 10:55 AM by Tim Banish
Life is always full of change, isn't it? From the time we're born till the day we pass away there is always something new to learn that can or will change our life. Sometimes it is unexpected, other times it can be foreseen from a distance. One thing Read More...
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The End of Social Security?
July 18, 2013 11:57 AM by Tim Banish
No, Social Security is not ending completely. Congress is looking at changes however to up the age bracket for when you can begin collecting. Social Security was established years ago to help the working person survive after retiring but with so many Read More...
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