This year I want to hear from fellow PTAs. I want to know your thoughts on healthcare changes, working relationships with PTs, and your ideas about increasing the PTA education to a bachelor's level as well as your feelings towards the APTA and the PTA profession.
I would ask that you do a bit of research on reimbursement rates in Kansas for PTA services and also peruse the APTA website for their RC 3-11 and the use of support personnel to provide therapy services. In addition, take a look at your state's rules and regulations concerning the PTA. There are often small nuances regarding whether we, as PTAs, have a scope of practice or not. (Some would say PTAs have a scope of work, not practice, they must abide by).
The use of PTA services has been instrumental in providing care throughout the country but there are some who would like to see all therapy services provided by PTs only. This thinking seems naive in the sense that a skilled PTA with more than 10 years of patient care experience is not considered a valuable commodity regarding the care and treatment of patients in all settings. In a business sense, we're cheaper compared to the wage a DPT would want coming out of school. However, please take a look at this abstract and let me know what you think.
Also think about which settings are and aren't appropriate for the PTA. When I was on one of my clinicals, I was in the pediatric ICU where PTAs are not generally allowed to perform their skills. But if I'm not supposed to be in the pediatric ICU, why did the PT take me in there? And why am I allowed to perform therapy in the adult ICU where the risk and acuity is just as high?
Let me know your ideas and thoughts about the PTA profession and how we can make it better for the patients. I can be reached at PTABlogTalk@gmail.com