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The Obesity Issue
by Toni Patt
Last week I heard a statistic about obesity in the United States. Currently 36% of all Americans are obese, with the number higher in the older population, according to a recent survey. I don't know if the number is accurate but it's probably close. That Read More...
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Do All Medicare Part A Patients Need Therapy?
by Toni Patt
Today the answer is yes, particularly if the patient is a resident of the facility who went out with a medical problem. Not only do these patients need therapy, they need to be on caseload as long as possible. It is the only way a SNF can survive. Years Read More...
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Is It Really About Autonomous PT Practice?
by Toni Patt
My post last month, " The DPT: How Did They Miss This? " has generated numerous comments on the ADVANCE website, almost entirely from readers who agreed with its content. One exception, however, was an assistant professor of physical therapy who stated Read More...
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Are There Enough PT Schools?
by Toni Patt
Besides volunteering recently at the Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) annual conference, I also had a chance to meet with both professionals and students. It turned out the number of PT schools is a hot topic in the profession. The answer depends Read More...
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The DPT: How Did They Miss This?
by Toni Patt
The more I talk to therapists around the country, the more I get the impression very few of us think that requiring the DPT as the entry-level degree for the profession was a good idea. Taken apart from other issues, the DPT is a good thing. But as the Read More...
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There Aren't As Many PT Jobs As Before
by Toni Patt
I just got back from a teaching trip in two larger cities near Lake Erie. I was lucky in that I was able to eat lunch with some of the attendees. Both times the discussion eventually turned to concerns about our profession. They had a different perspective Read More...
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A Mobility Issue I Never Thought About
by Toni Patt
On my way home from work today, I stopped at the grocery store. As I was walking to the front door, a woman stopped me. She had one of those electric shopping carts and asked if I would please drive it back into the store for her. I must have looked shocked Read More...
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Ensuring Proper Translation with Patients
by Toni Patt
My hospital serves a large population of non-English-speaking patients. At any given time, one-third to one-half of my caseload speaks Spanish. As a result, the Interpreter Services Department was created. They either employ or contract for interpreters Read More...
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The Reimbursement Paradox
by Toni Patt
I wish someone could explain this to me. The baby boomers are aging. Each year, millions more of them will become eligible for Medicare. Instead of increasing funding to cover everyone at current levels, the government is decreasing the funding. Everyone Read More...
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The PT Job Search Continues
by Toni Patt
This week I thought I'd follow up on my friend's job search . She graduated the same year I did and lost her job last month. I'm tracking her progress because the plight of experienced therapists seeking work is completely overshadowed by how new grads Read More...
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Words of Patient Wisdom
by Toni Patt
Wisdom comes to us in many ways. Last week one of my patients told me not to get old. Being an old lady is hard on you. I've never heard it put any better. You Might Also Like... Prime Performance for Swimmers How rehab professionals are helping competitive Read More...
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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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