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Lead PT, Lead
by Jason Marketti
There are some therapists who are born to lead and bring a dynamic quality with them during evals and treatment sessions. Others are hesitant to make decisions and will prefer the "wait and see" method in regard to patient care. I have worked with both Read More...
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Disagreeing with Discharge
by Jason Marketti
Disagreeing with someone is not something new for me. I will freely voice my opinion (usually supported with data and anecdotes) to anyone who will listen and objectively discuss an issue with me. In the case of discharging a patient from therapy, the Read More...
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To My Dissenters
by Jason Marketti
I have been accused of being ageist, burnt out and one anonymous reader said I should work in a fast food restaurant as a favor to the patients I see. A state licensing investigator even contacted me for something I wrote because a reader or two did not Read More...
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Truth in Treatment
by Jason Marketti
Since therapy has been focused on science-based evidence, I thought I would examine two treatments that are embraced by "leaders" in the therapy community. The first is visceral manipulation. The APTA took a hit for including this in the Section on Women's Read More...
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Is 'ASPT' the Answer?
by Jason Marketti
‘ASPT' should be the new designation for PTAs who have an associate's degree in physical therapy. The PTAs who have successfully challenged the testing and don't have a degree as a PTA should not be allowed to use this. These new letters will denote we Read More...
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EMS and Home Assessments
by Jason Marketti
National Public Radio recently did a story on Dr. Kevin Munjal, who is in charge of EMS at Mt. Sinai hospital in New York. His idea to put the EMS system in the forefront of preventative medicine is interesting. Rather than the EMTs and paramedics simply Read More...
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Jimmo v. Sebelius
by Jason Marketti
By January 23, 2014, CMS will have completed the manual revisions and educational campaign regarding this case. Frankly I haven't seen much about the educational aspect of the case and I had to look up the revisions they made on various websites to get Read More...
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The Kiosk
by Jason Marketti
Imagine getting a sore shoulder from work you had done hanging drywall one weekend. There's a week wait to see the MD and a three-day wait until you can see a PT. The pharmacy down the road has a kiosk you can access and speak with a PT via monitor and Read More...
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Employment Testing
by Jason Marketti
I have been employed in the therapy sector since 1996. I've worked in hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient buildings, pediatrics, school districts, home health and wound care. I have several certificates related to different clinical and business aspects Read More...
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Therapists Unite
by Jason Marketti
I can tell you what's wrong with the healthcare system and even some ways to fix the problems. I can explain why our current system is flawed and why being a therapist is not all glory and fame even when patients succeed and are released back to home. Read More...
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Politics, Money and Membership
by Jason Marketti
We all know that money and politics go hand in hand. With the money, there are lobbying expenditures that can influence decision-making. So I went on a search regarding how much our beloved national therapy organization spent in regard to certain issues. Read More...
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Older Workers Benefit Protection Act
by Jason Marketti
Federal age discrimination laws state that an employer may not discriminate on basis of age for those who are 40 years old and older (provided your employer has more than 20 employees). I am over 40 years old so this affects me personally. Last week, Read More...
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Mandatory Retirement
by Jason Marketti
To drive an automobile, you must pass several tests before you're issued a license. There is the eye test, the written test, and then the practical driving test. In some states, young drivers are encouraged to take a driving course while in high school Read More...
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My New Revenue Source
by Jason Marketti
According to Medicare, I'm able to work under the direction of an MD. Imagine what that could do to the outpatient market in some areas. As a PTA, I could set up a clinic, hire an MD and begin to provide care based on the MD's plan of treatment. Of course Read More...
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License or Certificate?
by Jason Marketti
As I was perusing the various state board websites, I noticed several states offered licenses to PTs but required the PTA to have a certificate to practice and provide therapy care. I've been awarded certificates in achievement, performance and even have Read More...
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    Jason J. Marketti
    Occupation: Physical Therapist Assistant
    Setting: San Jacinto, CA
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