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Running for Boston
by Michael Kelley
In the fall of 1993, at the ripe old age of seven, I followed my older brother to Portage Park a couple blocks from our house to our grade school's cross country team practice. In what I'm sure was a pretty pathetic effort, I ran my mile around the park Read More...
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Can You Describe Your Dizziness?
by Michael Kelley
We've all seen it before... a patient comes into your hospital or clinic complaining of the dreaded "dizziness." It's been said that dizziness is one of the most difficult subjective symptoms to diagnose because it can be caused by such a wide variety Read More...
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A Blog of Olympic Proportion
by Michael Kelley
Have you all seen what has been going on in Russia the last few weeks? No, not all that business with the Ukraine and Crimea (although honestly when was the last time one country just up and annexed part of another country? Seriously, it's been a while!). Read More...
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The PT Student Summit
by Michael Kelley
Over the past few months we've had a couple PT students come and go. Most of them were somewhere in the middle of their clinical education and had no idea what they wanted to do with their PT degree upon graduation. As I watched the various CIs and students Read More...
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Do You Have the Right Stuff?
by Michael Kelley
I've written before about the obesity epidemic in this country and the potential impact PTs can have in perhaps helping turn the tide in this seemingly endless battle. But when dealing with obesity, prevention isn't everything. As PTs, we are tasked every Read More...
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When the Teacher Becomes the Patient
by Michael Kelley
I had an interesting experience at work this week. I had a patient who started asking me all sorts of questions about where I went to school and whether I was paid well and things like that. I asked this patient if they were familiar with the PT profession. Read More...
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Hum-PT-y Dum-PT-y Sat on a Wall
by Michael Kelley
Editor's Note: Throughout the month of February, ADVANCE bloggers Michael Kelley and Lisa Mueller will post "Dueling Blogs," in which they argue opposing sides of the same issue. Topic #4 -- "What Is the Biggest Challenge to the PT Profession?") When Read More...
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The Gold Medal of PT Settings
by Michael Kelley
(Editor's Note: Throughout the month of February, ADVANCE bloggers Michael Kelley and Lisa Mueller will post "Dueling Blogs," in which they argue opposing sides of the same issue. Topic #3 -- "Does the Inpatient or Outpatient Setting Allow Greater PT Read More...
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Who's In the Driver's Seat?
by Michael Kelley
(Editor's Note: Throughout the month of February, ADVANCE bloggers Michael Kelley and Lisa Mueller will post "Dueling Blogs," in which they argue opposing sides of the same issue. Topic #2 -- "What Drives the PT Profession?") The PT profession has no Read More...
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The APTA -- Why Bother?
by Michael Kelley
(Editor's Note: Throughout the month of February, ADVANCE bloggers Michael Kelley and Lisa Mueller will post "Dueling Blogs," in which they argue opposing sides of the same issue. Topic #1 -- "Is APTA Membership Valuable?") I was an APTA member for one Read More...
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How Sick Is Too Sick?
by Michael Kelley
When I was a student, I did a clinical rotation at a children's hospital. Now anyone who has worked with kids before or even has kids of their own are well aware of the fact that kids can be, well, germy. Very, very germy. Needless to say, six weeks into Read More...
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Bundled Payments
by Michael Kelley
It sounds like a cable/Internet/phone special being offered by a cable company... but wait... this time the "cable company" is actually the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services! Last year, CMS announced a new payment method called "Bundled Payments." Read More...
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‘Observation' Patients
by Michael Kelley
This week my topic is a suggestion from a friend who is an outpatient therapist: Medicare's observation status. For those unfamiliar, patients with Medicare benefits can have one of two "statuses" while in the hospital. Based on their diagnosis and the Read More...
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Hospice PT
by Michael Kelley
These last few weeks, there has been a particularly troubling story in the news about 13-year-old Jahi McMath. For those unfamiliar with her story, here is an article from CNN , which provides a synopsis of what has taken place over the past month. Briefly, Read More...
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That Was So 2013
by Michael Kelley
It's all over. And people from every far corner of the world, from Tasmania to Tokyo, Swaziland to Switzerland, Poland to Portland, and even in my snow-covered hometown of Chicago, are celebrating the end of 2013, and the beginning of a brand new year. Read More...
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