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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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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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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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Relationships with Lawyers
by Jason Marketti
As the therapy profession moves forward, maybe another avenue to explore and receive referrals from is lawyers. When there are accidents, the parties involved may consult with a lawyer and that lawyer could refer to your clinic first rather than a chiropractor 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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A New Scenario
by Jason Marketti
Let's suppose a surgeon defines a technique that allows total joint replacements to leave the hospital sooner than three days. The patient will not qualify for Medicare Part A coverage in a SNF, so the patient is sent home. Home health nurses and therapists Read More...
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I Need a Backpack
by Jason Marketti
The patient I went to see was agreeable to do therapy but wanted to take some things along to the therapy room. "No problem," I replied, "we can take whatever you want." As the patient handed me a tissue box, I assured her there was tissue available in Read More...
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Skilled Mechanical Lifts
by Jason Marketti
Apparently a mechanical lift is not a skilled source of treatment. Maybe that's why there are therapists out there who have no idea how some of the lifts work. If they did, they would realize there is a skilled component to ensure the patient is safe, Read More...
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Medical Industrial Complex
by Jason Marketti
I was reading about how the Native Americans are going to be affected by the Affordable Care Act. Apparently there's still confusion about the federally recognized tribes who will be covered and some may have to prove their ancestry again. Then there Read More...
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Wisely Spent Time
by Jason Marketti
The billing clock stops ticking when the patient is no longer in front of me, but this doesn't stop family, nurses and other colleagues from talking to me about the patient when the patient isn't present. If I see six patients a day and the nurse and Read More...
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Politics, Money and Membership
by Jason Marketti
We all know that money and politics go hand in hand. With the money, there are lobbying expenditures that can influence decision-making. So I went on a search regarding how much our beloved national therapy organization spent in regard to certain issues. Read More...
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No Families Allowed
by Jason Marketti
Normally I welcome family members with open arms to therapy so they can watch and learn what we do. But when family begins to speak for the patients or tries to assist too much with their care, I want to draw the line. If families become intrusive and Read More...
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    Jason J. Marketti
    Occupation: Physical Therapist Assistant
    Setting: San Jacinto, CA
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