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COTA Thoughts

A Milestone
August 20, 2014 1:44 PM by Tim Banish
A milestone is defined as an action or event marking a significant change or stage in development. Dealing with our patients as a COTA we often see their progress in small increments, but when they were able to finally achieve one of their long term goals Read More...
What Social Security Means
June 27, 2014 11:05 AM by Tim Banish
Once you retire and begin to draw Social Security benefits many things can change for you. You may be set financially at first, but as the months roll by and those small checks arrive you may find your bank account shrinking. Lots of retirees work now 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...
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...
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...
More ACA Concerns
December 13, 2013 1:53 PM by Tim Banish
Yes, I've blogged on this topic several times but it is the future of healthcare and important to know what's happening. (or not happening) As you probably know the start-up didn't go so well, now many people have complaints about the affordability of Read More...
That’s Not My Job!
November 15, 2013 8:03 AM by Tim Banish
Well I thought I would follow up last week's blog with this issue. Unfortunately this is an issue observed many times while working as a COTA in a Long Term Care (LTC) setting. Here's a few incidents remembered, and I'm not just picking on LTC workers Read More...
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...
It’s That Time of Year
October 1, 2013 9:58 AM by Tim Banish
Are you one who faithfully gets your flu shot every year? Or are you one who had a bad experience once and now won't get a flu shot at all? Over my years as a COTA getting an annual flu shot was for two reasons, one reason was for me not to get sick and Read More...
Medical Insurance for Retirees
September 20, 2013 10:53 AM by Tim Banish
It looks like the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has developed another plus for our senior citizens. With the current changes in healthcare coverage coming with ACA some companies have changed the way they plan to fund retirement medical benefits. Several Read More...
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...
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...
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...
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...