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Assistance Levels
by Jason Marketti
When we are documenting patient care and tracking progression of goals, we'll typically chart assistance levels and whether the patient required verbal cues as well as manual cues to complete a task. What if the assistance levels were eliminated from Read More...
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Time Off Work
by Jason Marketti
A recent study of surgeons who had a couple days off work showed an increase in patient mortality rates when they came back to the hospital and performed CABG surgery. This increase may have been from scheduling the sickest patients first, who would not Read More...
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Bubble-Wrapped Profession
by Jason Marketti
I get tired of reading and hearing about the audit triggers in our profession. It's part of the business we're in and if people don't want to risk an audit, they shouldn't be in our field. It's like an audit from the IRS -- you don't want one, you don't Read More...
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Collecting Data
by Jason Marketti
When United Parcel Service (UPS) began to collect data on drivers and their trucks, there were some improvements. These included no more key locks in doors because they slowed the drivers down and use of a computer clipboard that also held data on how Read More...
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Growing a Program
by Jason Marketti
It's not like you can plant some therapists in a gym and suddenly the department is busy. To adequately have a therapy program develop into the future, the way business is conducted today has to change. When looking at more cuts in reimbursements, hiring 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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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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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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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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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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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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    Jason J. Marketti
    Occupation: Physical Therapist Assistant
    Setting: San Jacinto, CA
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