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Time and Money
by Toni Patt
Now that I'm home from CSM, I've had an opportunity to process all of the information. Most of the presentations were excellent. Those that weren't purely theoretical had a common theme. We have to maximize what we do because we're spending less and less Read More...
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Ready for CSM
by Toni Patt
SAN DIEGO -- Just like my fellow ADVANCE blogger Lauren , I'll be attending the APTA Combined Sections Meeting in San Diego. CSM happens this week so I'm already in my hotel. I've registered and picked up my materials. I attended my pre-conference workshop Read More...
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Physical Therapy and the News
by Toni Patt
I don't know about anyone else but I can't read medical news with an unbiased outlook. A few days ago "Yahoo!" posted an article about a man who'd awakened from a month-long coma. The first thought that entered my mind was concern about why he wasn't 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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Caring for the Severely Impaired Patient
by Toni Patt
There is new evidence in the physical therapy world that creates a paradox. The patients who benefit the most are the patients who receive the least therapy. Everything I read demonstrated that the more impaired patients made the greatest improvement Read More...
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Using the Honor System for License Renewal
by Toni Patt
Recently the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners changed the requirements for license renewal. They continue to require 30 hours of continuing education but now therapists must include proof of that education with their application for renewal. Read More...
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Preparing for CSM
by Toni Patt
In a little less than two weeks, I will be heading to Chicago for CSM. Almost everything is ready. I've received my registration mailing. I have my password to print handouts. The hotel room I reserved includes a computer. I will only have to pay for Read More...
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The Results of Getting Involved
by Toni Patt
It's been several months since I was elected as a board member to the Southeast District (SED) of the TPTA. Another meeting is coming up this week. I have nothing to report. That isn't particularly surprising since I only have two responsibilities; the Read More...
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CSM 2011
by Toni Patt
This year I made it to CSM. Everything fell into place. New Orleans is 6 hours from Houston. My facility paid my registration. I found a cheap hotel room close to the convention center. Now that I'm back I'm still working on defining my perceptions and Read More...
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Therapeutic Hypocrisy
by Toni Patt
The annual Houston Marathon was a hot topic at last week's district TPTA meeting. Our leadership came under fire for providing free massages to the runners after completing the course. This practice has been going for several years and I have never supported Read More...
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TPTA Student Conclave
by Toni Patt
Last weekend, I went to the Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) Student Conclave as a presenter. It was a learning experience. The conference itself was great. The location was good. The setting was appropriate. There was enough room in all the Read More...
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The DPT May Affect Reimbursement
by Toni Patt
Last week I had a chance to visit with someone very knowledgeable about the PT world. We talked about the many changes in the profession over the years as well as what was yet to come. I enjoy talking to her because she has an unusual take on things. Read More...
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Buying Into the Big Plan
by Toni Patt
School starts this week. I'm taking two classes and already starting to question if I really know what I'm doing. When I talk about my latest degree path I get one of two reactions from people. The more common one includes comments about being done with Read More...
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Performance-Based Payment
by Toni Patt
In a very short time payment for medical services will be partially based on patient satisfaction. Hospitals that have happy patients will get more money. Hospitals, such as the one I work at, with fewer happy patients will get less money. The purpose Read More...
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October is PT Month
by Toni Patt
Tomorrow morning my department is going to have a breakfast for all the PTs to celebrate PT month. The food will be provided by the OTs, STs and supervisors. Sometime next week the rehab unit is supposed to do something similar. I'll be surprised if that Read More...
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