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COTA Thoughts

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...
Productivity and Pay
July 4, 2014 11:09 AM by Tim Banish
For those who work in Long Term Care (LTC) we've all been troubled at one time or another with that nasty word productivity. I still can't believe it's expected to maintain such high numbers when the job entails dealing with people and all the things 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...
COTA Licenses and Registrations
April 18, 2014 10:11 AM by Tim Banish
OK, I'm a bit miffed yet again with how the OT license bureaus operate. As much as I submitted my retirement from the profession to both my state organization and NBCOT (National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy) I've received renewal notices Read More...
The Cost of Affordable Healthcare
March 28, 2014 9:03 AM by Tim Banish
As much as anyone, I believe that healthcare should be available to anyone and everyone. That is the basis of the Affordable Care Act; however it seems to have its negative side as well. In this case taking the good with the bad is costing Americans a Read More...
Social Security Misses Budget Cut
March 14, 2014 1:40 PM by Tim Banish
If you've been keeping an eye on things happening in Washington that never receive national news attention you might have missed this one. As much as I keep up on happenings on budget cuts, especially with Social Security, this one slipped by me. As always, 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...
Working Around the Holidays
December 6, 2013 9:35 AM by Tim Banish
Working around the holiday season usually means a lot of juggling in order to meet minutes for each patient. This is especially true when the holiday falls in the middle of the week. And few patients want therapy on a major holiday. Did you know Medicare Read More...
Everything’s Covered, Except…..
November 22, 2013 8:37 AM by Tim Banish
You're an older person and you had a medical issue and now it's time to get some rehab. The natural place to go is a long term care facility (nursing home) where you have meals, a bed and therapy all in one. With private insurance and Medicare you believe 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...
More Affordable Care Act Concerns
October 11, 2013 9:22 AM by Tim Banish
As everyone knows by now the initiation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on October 1st did not go very smoothly. Some exchanges failed to open, some were not staffed well, and some had technical problems. Another issue is that many people don't know Read More...