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Hooray for AOTA
August 15, 2014 9:13 AM by Tim Banish
I'm sure most of you know I'm not a big supporter of AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association) ever since the changes back in 1998. And as much as I'm not a member, never signed up for any emails or communication from them, an email arrived yesterday Read More...
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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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OT and the ACA
April 4, 2014 9:32 AM by Tim Banish
Now that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is in full force I did some research on how it has affected Occupational Therapy (OT). What I'm seeing is confusing because in some areas OTs are not finding jobs, but in other areas there doesn't seem to be enough 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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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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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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Is the Affordable Care Act Good Enough for Everyone?
July 23, 2013 12:14 PM by Tim Banish
Bringing medical expenses to reasonable and affordable rates is what the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is supposed to do, however the question still remains if it will lower or increase costs. As it gets closer to the official start though, some of our Congress 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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Student Loans
June 27, 2013 12:42 PM by Tim Banish
A bit off my normal topics today, but the recent student loan debates in Congress makes me think where the next class of professionals will come from. If you've read anything about the student loan talks going on, you know that President Obama wants to Read More...
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I Miss…
June 25, 2013 4:38 PM by Tim Banish
The one good thing I can say about retirement is the hours are great. I can show up any time I want without getting into trouble! However, I really miss working with people. Every day as a COTA was something new, a new patient, a big gain with a patient, Read More...
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COTA Salaries and Hours
June 19, 2013 1:59 PM by Tim Banish
I see many COTAs who enter the profession for the salary. Some may not know what they are getting into; others have done their research and are aware of what the job entails. I definitely know that I was not fully aware of some of the things I would do Read More...
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