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The Skilled Nursing Facility Conundrum
by Toni Patt
Last week I was involved in a discussion regarding membership in the APTA. For once the topic wasn't new graduates but therapists who were members but no longer are. The question was, what would it take to bring them back in? What do they value? I responded Read More...
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Facilities Don't Want to Pay for PT Experience
by Toni Patt
Previously I've written about the financial burden on newly graduated DPTs . If undergraduate costs are included, a new graduate could be as much as $100,000 in debt. The debt is driving decisions about jobs, salaries and benefits. Until last week, I Read More...
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Why Nothing Will Change at the APTA
by Toni Patt
In my last blog , I described my concerns that nothing will change with the APTA, expensive consultant group or not. I expect them to continue with the same message but repackage with new words. I see subtlety in their future. The reason I don't expect Read More...
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Is the APTA Repackaging an Old Message?
by Toni Patt
I've spent more time thinking about the "new" APTA. This could be a golden opportunity for the APTA to reinvent itself and address the needs of its current non-members. By asking questions and actually listening to the answers, its membership might grow Read More...
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A Glimmer of Hope for the PT Profession
by Toni Patt
Last weekend I attended a Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) meeting. The purpose was to rethink our strategy for the next few years. It seems the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has been researching why its message isn't being received. Read More...
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What Can We Do About the Problems Facing Physical Therapy?
by Toni Patt
For the past few weeks, I've been blogging about problems within the profession of physical therapy and our frustrations over them . Everyone agrees on the problems. There is probably some disagreement on which ones should be addressed first. After all, Read More...
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When a Physical Therapist Position Doesn't Pay Enough
by Toni Patt
We recently hired a new graduate as a prn therapist. We offered him a full-time position. He turned it down because it didn't pay enough. He gave the same response to three other facilities when they offered him positions. None of them paid enough. He Read More...
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My Patients Are Sicker Than Ever
by Toni Patt
We're all well aware of the fattening of our patients. Years ago facilities rented bariatric equipment. Now they own it. Obesity compounds other medical problems as well as interfering with mobilization, and the trend continues. I've noticed another trend Read More...
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The Patient Is Always Right No Matter What
by Toni Patt
My facility has instituted a new policy: Keep the patient happy no matter what. Staff has been instructed to think of patients and their families as clients. Happy clients tell friends about their experiences. We want those friends to choose our facility Read More...
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Treating a Difficult Patient
by Toni Patt
"I'm paying to be here and be taken care of. You will do what I tell you." It's bad enough we struggle for respect from physicians and occasionally other disciplines. I would say the majority of the population doesn't know what we do or the amount of Read More...
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APTA Membership: Cost vs. Benefit
by Toni Patt
I've been reading the responses to my various blogs over the past few weeks . The responses seem to be echoing what I've been saying. Hardly anyone has had anything to say in support of the APTA. Many explain why they don't belong. The general consensus Read More...
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Remaking PT in the Image of Nursing
by Toni Patt
We've had a changing of the guard where I work. A couple of months ago upper management reorganized. Last month the previous rehab manager was asked to step down. A new manager was appointed with the mandate to clean up the department. Changes have been Read More...
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It's Time to Renew My APTA Membership
by Toni Patt
It's that time of year again. I just opened my mail and found my APTA renewal notice. For a mere $585, I can continue to receive all the benefits of membership. This amount includes APTA membership, Texas chapter membership and membership in three sections. Read More...
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Who Is Going to Pay for This?
by Toni Patt
As I've read the responses my latest blogs have generated , I've noticed a few common threads. Everyone seems to be in agreement on the problems. We might not prioritize them in the same order but all agree they exist. We also agree the APTA is either Read More...
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Doesn't the APTA See It?
by Toni Patt
For the past few weeks, I've been writing about problems facing the physical therapy profession . These include tunnel vision focused on direct access and practice without referral. Another is the public perception of who we are and what we do. Still Read More...
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