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COTA Jobs
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...
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Home Health Assessments
March 7, 2014 9:49 AM by Tim Banish
One question that has always come up is if a COTA is allowed to do a home assessment. I'm not sure if all states have similar regulations, but in Ohio the language regarding this is pretty vague. The perception is that an OTR has to do the home assessment Read More...
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My Grumpy Old Patient
February 28, 2014 8:46 AM by Tim Banish
If you work with patients that are in the geriatric range you know that some can be quite grouchy, mostly the result of them being unhappy due to the aging process. This is something that I always had to keep in mind as I worked with people, especially 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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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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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 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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prn COTA Work
April 6, 2013 4:59 PM by Tim Banish
Working as a COTA in a prn status has its advantages, but it also has it disadvantages too. As much as the flexibility of setting your own schedule is nice, some days there is no need for extra help. So working prn status you can set the hours and days Read More...
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Memorable Patients
March 23, 2013 11:11 AM by Tim Banish
Just this week I had a patient who made my day. This person was very friendly, willing to participate addressing all of their goals, and had some great stories. It made the entire treatment pass so quickly I went way over the scheduled time. But this Read More...
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Hygiene in the Clinic
March 5, 2013 7:08 PM by Tim Banish
At work today another staff member cautioned me to wash my hands often, as there seemed to be a bug in the building. Back in school I remember the importance that was stressed with proper hand washing techniques, before and after treatment with each patient, Read More...
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COTA Salaries
February 26, 2013 5:39 PM by Tim Banish
Some time ago I wrote a blog about COTA salaries, and in it I mentioned that with the increased cost of schooling and decrease in salaries that soon we may see a shortage of people seeking to enter the field. Was that a bad prediction? The cost of the Read More...
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Medicare Fraud Tackled
February 12, 2013 10:49 AM by Tim Banish
You might have seen this in the news, but the presidents federal Health Care Fraud and Abuse Program are hard at work uncovering scams in the system. In 2012 alone they were able to recover $4.2 billion from both companies and individuals who were trying Read More...
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Patient Complaints
February 9, 2013 3:30 PM by Tim Banish
Just the other day I treated a person with a diagnosis list as long as your arm. It's a shame to see someone with so many problems, especially someone as young as this person was. Getting up in years myself I know what it's like to always have the doctor Read More...
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