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Blatant Rudeness
by Toni Patt
Usually when I go on a teaching trip, I have wonderful students. For the most part they pay attention. I get good questions. Some have fallen asleep because they drove three hours to get there. Others are obviously there for the CEUs. Last week I had Read More...
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Customer Service
by Toni Patt
I don't think you can work in healthcare for any length of time without attending the mandatory customer service inservice. It usually includes a segment on making upset customers happy. In our case, that would be patients and families. One strategy is Read More...
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Dosage Matters
by Toni Patt
There were two common themes at CSM this year: dosage and intensity. Every clinical presentation I attended mentioned one or the other. Intensity was defined as how hard the patient is working. Dosage referred to the number or reps or duration in the Read More...
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It's Time for CSM
by Toni Patt
It's almost that time of year again when thousands of us gather for the APTA Combined Sections Meeting. This year we're in Las Vegas. According to what I've read, they're expecting more than 10,000 PTs and PTAs to attend. I'm going. To use a Texas-like Read More...
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What's the Purpose of a PM & R Doctor?
by Toni Patt
Until recently, I had never worked closely with PM & R (physical medicine & rehabilitation) physicians. When I worked at the "evil empire," I dealt exclusively with neurologists. Some were good. Some weren't so good. Either way, their purpose Read More...
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Horse Show or TPTA Conference?
by Toni Patt
This afternoon I received the monthly email from the Texas Physical Therapy Association. It contained a prospectus for the upcoming annual conference and early registration. This is much smaller than the APTA's Combined Sections Meeting, probably not Read More...
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Volunteering Update
by Toni Patt
In past posts, I've expressed frustration at volunteering for various opportunities within the APTA and the Neurology Section. A few months ago, I was nominated for a position on the nominating committee for the stroke special interest group. The results Read More...
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Finally Something I Enjoy
by Toni Patt
Anyone who reads my blog with regularity knows the last year has been a struggle for me. I lost my beloved job. I was fired for being ethical. I encountered more than my share of unethical and self-serving people. During all of that, I hung on and kept Read More...
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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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I Tried to Volunteer
by Toni Patt
As a member of the neurological section, I receive a monthly electronic newsletter. A few months ago, it included a request for volunteers to work on developing an acute stroke care course. Obviously that caught my attention. I completed the application 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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Biting Off More Than I Can Chew
by Toni Patt
Last week, I wrote about my experiences teaching my first CEU course. I mentioned how much work it was but didn't go into details. It took me nearly four months to finish, including two months of working at least an hour or two every night. Now I'm going Read More...
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The Future of Physical Therapy
by Toni Patt
This morning I had a conversation with an OT who has as much experience or more than I do. I mentioned my frustration with employers desiring low pay over experienced therapists. I don't think my tDPT and geriatric specialization have made me more attractive Read More...
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PT and PTA Reimbursements Are the Same
by Toni Patt
Jason Marketti made an excellent point last week when he responded to my post . He pointed out that in all but one state, reimbursement is the same for treatments provided by a PT or a PTA. On the surface, that makes sense. Our charges are treatment-based. Read More...
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