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COTA Thoughts

Is It Friday Yet?
September 5, 2014 8:59 AM by Tim Banish
A question every worker asks sometimes as early as Wednesday, maybe earlier depending on how the week has gone. Even in my last few years working as a COTA, only working part time, I asked that question more than a few times. Were you aware that in the Read More...
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...
July 25, 2014 10:06 AM by Tim Banish
I still receive emails from people asking about COTA jobs and schools. I had one just recently asking about entering the field into pediatrics. As much as I hated to steer someone away from entering the profession, I had to make them aware of the few Read More...
All for Profit
July 18, 2014 9:21 AM by Tim Banish
I'm not sure if anyone has seen the latest reports on fast food chains, but their greed for profits has decreased their overall ratings. One of the largest chains scored in the teens as far as quality of food and customer satisfaction. Some are trying Read More...
July 11, 2014 9:25 AM by Tim Banish
Today the word "benefits" refers to your paid days off, medical coverage, and maybe a 401K. A major benefit of years past was a company pension plan. A pension plan was typically funded solely by the company. The amounts placed in each account usually Read More...
June 13, 2014 9:56 AM by Tim Banish
From my first experience with a therapy company recruiter I found out what type of person they are. Over the years there are a few recruiters I grew to detest greatly, and to this day one in particular. Even though I've been retired for over a year, pulled Read More...
Do More With Less
June 5, 2014 10:47 AM by Tim Banish
I'm sure at one time or another you've been told to increase your productivity, add minutes to a patient, or screen more residents to fill the caseload. As a therapist in a long term care facility, especially a smaller facility, you are made aware of Read More...
More Healthcare Dollars Wasted
May 16, 2014 9:51 AM by Tim Banish
Yes, I know I've been picking on Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) a lot lately. Now the cash fallout is hitting private insurers though, as more dollars which should be providing healthcare for people is being wasted. The real issue has been the website Read More...
What Would You Do?
May 2, 2014 8:47 AM by Tim Banish
Over my years of working as a COTA there was always that one therapist who seemed to have more free time than the rest. You'd see them talking to other staff, on the phone or just loafing around. Sometimes I wondered what their productivity was, and how Read More...
Retire Comfortably
March 21, 2014 9:03 AM by Tim Banish
In my last blog I addressed the proposed reduction of Social Security increases. As much as that cut got left on the table during the national budget talks, it probably won't be long before Congress figures out a way to pin it to another bill. That will Read More...
After a COTA
January 31, 2014 10:47 AM by Tim Banish
So I've had a lot of people ask me, what are you doing now that you've retired? After 20+ years working as a COTA the one thing I still miss is working with people. So here are a few things I've done since leaving the practice. With the people skills Read More...
Billions of Social Security Dollars Stolen
January 24, 2014 9:44 AM by Tim Banish
After the latest group of people was indicted trying to fraud Social Security for disability payments they didn't qualify for, Congress is asking for a total review of the agency's management practices. The saddest part of this is the fact that a number Read More...
The Retirement Crisis is Global
January 3, 2014 8:48 AM by Tim Banish
If you think that we have a retirement crisis only here in America, you're wrong. The baby boom after World War II occurred all over the world. Other countries are facing the same increase in numbers of people retiring, which is forcing governments to Read More...
Should the Medical Profession Take Care of Their Own?
December 27, 2013 9:30 AM by Tim Banish
As a retired medical professional one thing I've always wondered is why healthcare coverage and retirement plans seem to be the worst in the healthcare field. A number of companies I worked for offered less than perfect medical coverage, and usually at Read More...
Changes for Retirees in 2014
December 20, 2013 9:00 AM by Tim Banish
As a retired COTA I'm in that group so I thought it would be nice to share some changes coming next year for people in retirement. As I look back at changes from years past this looks like it may actually be a good year for retirees. First, there will Read More...