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A Bridge from PTA to PT
by Toni Patt
Last weekend I volunteered at the Texas Physical Therapy Association annual conference. I sat at the election table and verified membership numbers during the day. Later I helped count ballots. During the slow times, I spoke with one of the professors Read More...
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The PTA Student Who Only Wants to Do Orthopedics
by Toni Patt
Last month we had a PTA student at my facility. The other PT was his CI because while schedule facilitates time at the barn, no one else wants to start work at 6 in the morning. From the beginning, the student made it clear he planned to work in an outpatient Read More...
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For Want of an Hour
by Toni Patt
One of the PTAs I work with didn't meet her CEU requirement for license renewal. She found out Friday. A one-hour course she listed wasn't approved for credit in the state of Texas. She now has to pay a fine and do community service. Her initial response Read More...
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The New Manager
by Toni Patt
The rehab director at my SNF is new. She took over the position about the same time I started the job. Whereas I've worked in many SNFs, this is her first management job and it shows. For the past few weeks, she has been making beginner mistakes. Most Read More...
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Having a Second Job
by Toni Patt
In a recent blog for ADVANCE , Jason Marketti talks about having several per diem jobs to help him afford large purchases. That reminded me of when I used to do the same thing. I can remember when most of my coworkers worked a few extra days. No one did Read More...
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What Is a Physical Therapist Extender?
by Toni Patt
Reading Jason Marketti's blog last week reminded me of a discussion we're having here in Texas. It's called RC-3 and is an amendment to the Texas Physical Therapy Practice Act. It proposes unlicensed individuals such as athletic trainers and massage therapists Read More...
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Specialization and Skill or Low Salary?
by Toni Patt
Recently I've found myself looking at the available positions in Houston. I never thought I would be doing this again but here I am. Things have changed since I last looked. There are more jobs posted than previously. Salaries are higher. No one seems Read More...
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Legality Doesn't Make It Right
by Toni Patt
Last week I ran across something I'd never seen or heard of before -- a therapist who doesn't write notes. I had 12 of his patients. All 12 were lacking daily notes. The papers were there where the notes would have been written. Times in and out were Read More...
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Direct Access and the DPT
by Toni Patt
Today I ate lunch with someone I hadn't seen in a while. He wanted to tell me about the new facility where he is working. Someone there recently earned a DPT. He said the rest of the staff was now fawning over the new DPT. He asked me what my facility Read More...
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