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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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Addendums, Amendments, and Late Entries
by Jason Marketti
Our documentation is being held to a higher standard and scrutinized more frequently by insurance carriers. This can cause some concern among providers to ensure all pertinent information gets conveyed through the electronic health records. I was not Read More...
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Falls and Staffing Issues
by Jason Marketti
Reducing falls in a facility is about quick response times to answer call lights and having adequate staffing ratios to ensure the patients' needs are being met. To save money, some facilities will decrease staff to a minimum level and those who are working 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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PTA Justification
by Jason Marketti
If you've been working in therapy for a while, you'll know there are some patients who are more appropriate for a PT to see than a PTA. It's usually the PT who determines this based on the clinical and medical needs of the patient. But why even use a 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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My Responsibility
by Jason Marketti
As a provider of physical therapy services, I'm often asked about information not related to my position. Questions regarding insurance coverage, co-pays, length of stay etc. are all technically outside my expertise as a PTA. I could answer these questions, 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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Just in Time
by Jason Marketti
"Oh, you're just in time," the lady said when I walked into her room. "I was trying to dial a phone number, can you do it for me?" I'm in the facility to provide a needed service to these patients; I get paid to provide that service. I'm under productivity Read More...
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The Grinch
by Jason Marketti
How am I supposed to see my patients if they keep having holiday celebrations? Every time I turn around, there's a singing group coming in or some other form of entertainment and all of my patients flock to the activity. Okay, I see it now, sitting around 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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Clothes for Patients
by Jason Marketti
I've worked in many facilities and for both large corporations and small independent businesses. One of the reoccurring problems I've seen is finding adequate clothing for the patients. Family should provide some clothing to the patient but if the facilities Read More...
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Checking Oxygen
by Jason Marketti
The patient's SPO2 was 81%, she had shallow rapid breathing and a heart rate of 135. I looked and noted her oxygen tank had run out. After replacement of the oxygen tank and cues for deep breathing, her saturation returned to 94%. This got me wondering Read More...
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60 Minutes of Activity
by Jason Marketti
I step into the patient's room and immediately my billing clock begins to tick. After introductions and some small talk of who I am and what I would like the patient to do, I have 54 minutes left. We begin with supine LE exercises with instruction on Read More...
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Nursing Notified
by Jason Marketti
Documentation is extremely important regarding patient care and services delivered. We should be able to justify our services in writing based on the plan of care established. When a patient has a complaint regarding pain, a new injury, or other symptom, Read More...
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    Jason J. Marketti
    Occupation: Physical Therapist Assistant
    Setting: San Jacinto, CA
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