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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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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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Whose Profession Is It?
by Toni Patt
Two weeks ago I attended a Texas Physical Therapy Association meeting. The speaker was Mike Conners, president of the TPTA. Last week I discussed my belief the APTA is too focused on issues, such as direct access, that do not affect the majority of PTs Read More...
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What About the Rest of Us?
by Toni Patt
Last week, I went to a meeting of the Texas Physical Therapy Association Southeast District. Mike Conners, the TPTA president, was speaking. His topic was the future of physical therapy and increasing awareness of legislative action in the Texas congress. Read More...
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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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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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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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No Bridging the Gap
by Toni Patt
One of our rehab techs is planning to apply to PTA school. He wants to eventually go to PT school and thought this would help him get accepted when the time came. He also thought it would cut down on the time it takes to get his DPT. He was more than 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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Guest Lecturing
by Toni Patt
I recently was a guest lecturer on stroke for a PTA neurology class. I guess it's been a long time since I've been exposed to what goes into becoming a PTA. I was shocked at how much was being crammed into the program. It reminded me of what I had to Read More...
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This Was a Learning Experience
by Toni Patt
Recently I had the opportunity to work with a different PTA on the rehab unit. She'd worked there off and on over the years and more recently has been filling in as needed. For some reason I hadn't met her previously. I'm sorry to say I wish I would have Read More...
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