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Strictly Science-Based
by Jason Marketti
Stem cell research is not a new topic but can be controversial for some. Often it is the embryonic stem cells that get people upset, but there are other stem cells out there that research and biotech companies are looking into for healing and helping Read More...
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Healthcare Economics 101
by Jason Marketti
Would you invest in the company you work for? How about an "Improshare" where the savings between hours worked and production are shared between the company and the worker? Can you "feel" the viability of your company and are they open enough to allow Read More...
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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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Getting Political
by Jason Marketti
If multiple Presidential administrations can find money for wars and conflicts to participate in, certainly there should be money available to feed, house, clothe and provide basic medical needs to the poor who live in the United States. When America 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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    Jason J. Marketti
    Occupation: Physical Therapist Assistant
    Setting: San Jacinto, CA
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