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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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How to Get Elected to the APTA
by Toni Patt
Last weekend was the Texas Physical Therapy Association annual conference. Before the conference began, I attended a board meeting. Among the items on the agenda was a nomination to the APTA. Being curious, I asked what the process was to be nominated 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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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 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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