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What is Occupational Therapy?
August 29, 2014 11:39 AM by Tim Banish
At one time or another you probably had to answer this question if you attended school to become an Occupational Therapist. I'm still not sure if there is an easy answer to this question as there are so many areas where OTs work. The real confusing part 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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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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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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Are Long-Term Care Providers Passing the Buck?
July 15, 2013 4:35 PM by Tim Banish
When a person comes to a long term care facility for rehab they are often unaware of what to expect. Everything is different for them, but the staff is there doing their job every day. Staff is trained on their job duties, but a trend I noted before retiring Read More...
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COTA VS CNA
July 8, 2013 4:20 PM by Tim Banish
I see a lot of comparisons to the work a CNA does compared to a COTA. Some COTAs complain that they are nothing more than a glorified CNA. I know that the work as a COTA does entail a lot of personal care, but that is where the job similarity ends. A 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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COTA Schools and Jobs
June 11, 2013 11:38 AM by Tim Banish
As the number of schools increase that teach the OTA program, are the graduates able to find jobs? One source I follow says no, but others say they are finding job offers. The one common thread I am finding though is some COTAs are completing three or Read More...
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Crafts and Activities in OT
June 7, 2013 10:06 AM by Tim Banish
Something that was really missed from my early days in OT is the use of crafts. My schooling included two semesters of Media, which entailed all forms of craft making related to specific diagnoses. These days with tight budgets there are very few craft Read More...
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Healthcare Fraud and Abuse
May 31, 2013 9:40 AM by Tim Banish
News of fraud and abuse in our healthcare system appears frequently these days. Between scams, double billing and code jamming many dollars are illegally claimed from the system. Whether it be from Medicare, Medicaid or an insurance company, one thing Read More...
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Social Security
May 24, 2013 9:53 AM by Tim Banish
Were you aware that there are 54.8 million people in the U.S. receiving Social Security benefits? That is 17.6% of our population. With the baby boomer generation adding to those numbers daily, the fund could be depleted by 2033. Began in 1935 by Congress Read More...
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