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PT Payday
by Lisa Mueller
When I was in high school, I worked at a local camera and photo studio -- it was a really fun job. I learned how to develop film and pick out mats for framing. It was probably where I developed my organizational skills, by following the rules of the shop Read More...
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Healthcare Knowledge Is Power
by Lisa Mueller
I was plugged into the news last week in anticipation of the Apple event where the iPhone 6 and iWatch products were announced. I look forward to learning about new technology and have grown to look forward to the events hosted by Apple (and other tech Read More...
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Expired Medications
by Lisa Mueller
I toured an outpatient rehab facility a few years ago and was brought into a room that was used mainly for storage, and sometimes for wound care. There was a smaller whirlpool in the corner and a moderate amount of wound care dressing supplies and handouts Read More...
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Public Speaking
by Lisa Mueller
This week, I'll be giving a presentation to half of our company about a recent continuous improvement project I've worked on. We are just weeks away from our project being implemented, and many of my coworkers who haven't been involved in the project Read More...
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To My Younger Self
by Lisa Mueller
I had the chance to see a lot of my family this weekend at a wedding, which included hearing several of my younger cousins talk about touring and applying for college. At one point, my uncle asked me if I would have chosen a different school in hindsight. Read More...
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Working from Home
by Lisa Mueller
I went on a tour of a physical therapy facility recently. When documentation was discussed, the facility supervisor happily explained their new electronic documentation system and the ability to log in remotely and complete notes from home or any other Read More...
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Continuing Education Courses
by Lisa Mueller
A few years ago, I had the opportunity to teach a continuing education course on early mobility with three other physical therapists. We met for several weeks, reviewing the content along with the training and presentation materials. It took a lot of Read More...
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Delayed ICD-10
by Lisa Mueller
Medicare and Medicaid announced recently that ICD-10 will go-live on October 1, 2015, which is the third time the change has been delayed since 2009. CMS states that several factors impact the delay of implementing the updated coding guidelines: software, Read More...
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Limiting Therapy
by Lisa Mueller
A friend of mine recently asked for my opinion about how much therapy she would need following a knee arthroscopy. I talked with her for some time about her symptoms and which PT clinic she was going to work with. She then told me she was worried the Read More...
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Changing Policies
by Lisa Mueller
When I was in PT school, we didn't discuss organizational policies and procedures very often. Even as a student, my clinical instructor would show me how to do something but I don't recall ever seeing a printed policy or handbook on what to do. Actually, Read More...
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Connecting Complaints to Satisfaction
by Lisa Mueller
I read an article last year about the top 10 reasons why people make an appointment with their doctor and was surprised to see skin issues as the number-one driver. What an interesting topic to consider; why do we make decisions to see the doctor? Even Read More...
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Continuous Improvement
by Lisa Mueller
Over the past several months, my role as rehab supervisor (overseeing a department of 25 people) has offered me a multitude of opportunities to become involved with other areas of our organization's business. I've been able to participate in our accreditation Read More...
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Let's Talk About Problems
by Lisa Mueller
In my role as rehab supervisor, I frequently prepare small presentations to share with others. Sometimes the leaders of my healthcare organization request updates or other times our sales team needs more information on physical rehabilitation to be able Read More...
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Outcome Measures
by Lisa Mueller
I am (again) starting to work out more regularly. I'm not sure if it was the long and miserable winter, but I hadn't felt like exercising for a while. Now that the sun is out and the days seem longer, I'm making a commitment to exercising four days a Read More...
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How Can We Improve?
by Lisa Mueller
When I think about making improvements within physical therapy, my mind automatically transitions to evidence-based practice and focusing on outcome measurements. When thinking about department goals and making improvements, I consider factors impacting Read More...
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