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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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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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Therapy Pay Rates
by Jason Marketti
After negotiating wages for our skilled service, we may run into someone who gets paid more. Or worse, who does less and performs mediocre treatments for the patients we normally see. Maybe having a national standard pay scale could rectify this. I've Read More...
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Future Care
by Jason Marketti
I've read about social security running out of money, reduced reimbursement rates, a decrease in the number of qualified providers, quicker discharges and supposedly better recovery after surgery. Where does this leave everyone? Social security has to 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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Email Me
by Jason Marketti
This year I want to hear from fellow PTAs. I want to know your thoughts on healthcare changes, working relationships with PTs, and your ideas about increasing the PTA education to a bachelor's level as well as your feelings towards the APTA and the PTA Read More...
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CEUs for PTAs
by Jason Marketti
In the mail, I received several brochures advertising how to evaluate and treat multiple body parts. All therapy disciplines were invited to attend. Being a PTA, I don't evaluate people so I wonder if I could get a discount because the evaluation aspect Read More...
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PTAs and the Future
by Jason Marketti
I'm sure there are some people who'd like to see the PTA profession disappear and have every patient treated only by a PT. And for those who feel like that, let's discuss what we should do with the PTAs. But first the United States needs to open its borders 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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Non-Compete Clause
by Jason Marketti
Something to watch for while negotiating a therapy job is the non-compete clause employers might try to get you to sign. Do not sign it. Brock Lesnar (of professional wrestling and mixed martial arts fame) signed one with the WWE and it almost prevented Read More...
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Before Therapy
by Jason Marketti
I am asked occasionally what I did before I got into therapy. Often I will make up some James Bond action job with a sprinkle of Nora Roberts romance mixed in for good measure. But then I am asked, "Seriously, what did you really do?" My first paying Read More...
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The Doctor Patient
by Jason Marketti
I have had the pleasure of working with several doctors, some MDs but mostly PhDs. In the early stages of my professional career, I was intimidated by some of them and I'm sure they knew that based on how nervous I appeared to be. Lately though I have Read More...
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Drug Testing
by Jason Marketti
Should mandatory drug testing be a prerequisite to becoming licensed, along with random drug testing for all health professionals? Maybe. My stance on legalizing marijuana can be controversial and until the federal laws change, the status of any drug 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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    Jason J. Marketti
    Occupation: Physical Therapist Assistant
    Setting: San Jacinto, CA
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