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How Much Do I Make?
by Jason Marketti
Pay scales are all over the chart in the therapy profession, yet reimbursements in most states are the same whether a PT or PTA (and sometimes an aide) treats the patient. So, should the PT still make more than the PTA? The argument over the higher education Read More...
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Future of Therapy
by Jason Marketti
With today's technology, there's no reason for therapists to sit and wait for equipment to be delivered through a third party. When every therapy department has a 3-D printer, we can receive a 3-D fax that will print up the equipment we ordered. Knee Read More...
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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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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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    Jason J. Marketti
    Occupation: Physical Therapist Assistant
    Setting: San Jacinto, CA
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