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Dealing with Death
August 8, 2014 10:08 AM by Tim Banish
One thing anyone working in Long Term Care (LTC) will have to deal with is people passing away. During my years as a COTA I had several people I was currently working with die. It was never easy to deal with, but it's a fact of life. Since most people 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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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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Equipment and Supplies
February 2, 2013 11:16 AM by Tim Banish
One grief I face daily is seeing the equipment at many long term care facilities. Most of it is in some state of disrepair all the way to barely useable. Supplies of basic items such as tissues, sanitizers and pens are usually minimal. Wheelchairs are Read More...
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My CEO Makes How Much?
January 28, 2013 4:14 PM by Tim Banish
Just the other day I was talking with one of the nurses I work with, and we got into a discussion of wasted dollars in healthcare. One of the patients was upset because for three days in a row the lab nurse came to draw blood. Another patient was mad Read More...
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The Boomers are Coming, the Boomers are Coming….
January 19, 2013 8:34 PM by Tim Banish
The baby boom generation, those born between 1946 and 1964, started reaching retirement age last January. As you may know, this is the generation born following World War II as the soldiers returned home and began families. For the next 28 years an average Read More...
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I Am A COTA
January 9, 2013 7:50 PM by Tim Banish
This is a topic I've covered before, but I've always wanted to show the emblem I was given after passing my national exam. It was actually enclosed in the envelope with my passing test results. My certification exam was completed under AOTCB (American Read More...
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Happy Holidays, for some anyway…
December 23, 2012 4:06 PM by Tim Banish
First I want to wish all the Advance readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. This is always a nice time of the year to get together with friends and family to celebrate. That is for the exception of some people in a Long Term Care facility. Many Read More...
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