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Role Reversal
by Michael Kelley
So this week, my dad had to have a GI surgery (I'll spare you the gory details) and he is currently in the hospital where he will stay for a few nights while he recovers. Due to his insurance, he had the surgery at one of my hospital system's biggest Read More...
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Scheduling Conflict
by Michael Kelley
I've got a bone to pick with you outpatient therapists! When I first started working at the hospital, our inpatient office was right next door to the front office of our outpatient department. It was pretty easy to listen to some of the phone calls come Read More...
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Student and Patient Communication
by Michael Kelley
So I had a student start a couple weeks ago. You may recall I wanted to have a "student summit" this summer , but unfortunately it got bogged down in some administrative red tape. Needless to say it's been tentatively scheduled for this fall after my Read More...
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Parkinson's Problems
by Michael Kelley
According to the National Parkinson's Foundation, nearly 1 million people in the US are currently living with Parkinson's Disease, with an estimated 50,000-60,00 new diagnoses each year. Here in the US, the CDC has identified it as the 14 th -leading Read More...
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Professionalism vs. Personality
by Michael Kelley
So a while back, I was working with a patient who just had a total knee replacement. She was mobilizing well, but kept looking down at her feet while she walked. So I stood next to her and looked down at the ground where she was looking and said, "I have 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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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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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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Outpatient PT -- A Different World
by Michael Kelley
So like all PT students, I did one of my clinical rotations at an outpatient clinic. Mine was 10 weeks in a private practice clinic down in North Carolina. My CI was great and I did learn a lot, but really, that was the extent of my outpatient experience. Read More...
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Winter Falls
by Michael Kelley
"‘Twas the season of winter, So if you look right or look left, The elderly are falling, Requiring an ORIF." Okay, so maybe not quite the holiday story we grew up with, but as Old Man Winter once again settles in for the next few months, we're reminded Read More...
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The Doctor is In?
by Michael Kelley
I'm sure it's been written about before, but I'm going to throw my two cents into the mix on the "D" in "DPT." Last weekend I was out of town and stayed with a cousin of my mom's. At some point during their phone conversations before I arrived, my mom Read More...
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Hospital Relationships
by Michael Kelley
We all know that in a hospital, we work as a team. And within that team, certain relationships develop. Now this isn't going to be a post about "Grey's Anatomy"-like activity in the on-call rooms. No, this is going to be a post about navigating relationships Read More...
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