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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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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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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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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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Conditions for Licensing
by Jason Marketti
Once again, I was searching the state board websites and came across some applications that asked whether the prospective licensee had a disease or condition that interfered with the ability to perform the essential functions of the profession. If so, Read More...
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Total PT Immersion
by Jason Marketti
As PTs and PTAs, we went through enough testing in school and yet we had to pass one more test to get that magical piece of paper from the licensing board. The problem is that to get that license to practice, we did not have to show any skills to the Read More...
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Joint Mobilization
by Jason Marketti
"Spinal manipulation is not designated as being under the exclusive domain of any one specific profession or group of practitioners." So says the APTA; however, the position they take with the PT assistants is that we should not be allowed to perform Read More...
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Time Limitations
by Jason Marketti
Let me vent about this whole system of seeing patients for a designated time in relation to reimbursements in a SNF setting. It does not work. If a patient comes in and is set at 720 minutes but we only see him for 700 minutes in the assessment reference Read More...
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Rock Star Status
by Jason Marketti
Suddenly, without warning, therapy has been elevated in the SNF community. With facilities trying to recoup potential monetary loses from the brilliant move by CMS, we now rank above activities and even the hair salon. And, I might add, therapy seems Read More...
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Narrow Scope of Practice
by Jason Marketti
If I assist nursing with a transfer and the patient has not been evaluated by the PT, am I practicing outside of the practice act? What if I only use the hand crank on the lift device and do not touch the patient? Or what if I prevent a fall from occurring Read More...
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Alternate Studies
by Jason Marketti
I enjoy studying, reading and learning about events outside of the therapy world. Because of this, I am better able to communicate and understand a great deal more about my patients. Sadly, state boards do not recognize this study in their CEU requirements. Read More...
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    Jason J. Marketti
    Occupation: Physical Therapist Assistant
    Setting: San Jacinto, CA
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