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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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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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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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Sharing Information
by Lisa Mueller
When I was a student in my clinical rotations for physical therapy, I spent a lot of time researching various topics. It would start with a diagnosis I was unfamiliar with, which would lead to some research articles where I would learn about different Read More...
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How Many Hats Do You Wear?
by Lisa Mueller
One of my student clinical rotations was at a smaller physical therapy outpatient clinic with just three staff members who managed all aspects of the operations. They all worked seamlessly together and the patients had a lot of fun during their appointments, Read More...
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Turnover
by Lisa Mueller
Have you read ADVANCE blogger Allison's post this week about her first resignation from a physical therapy job? It sparked a lot of comments (mostly about the PTA role), but it also got me thinking about her comment on "greener pastures." We all often Read More...
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Team-Based Care
by Lisa Mueller
Over the past few months, I've heard more and more about the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model of healthcare. I typically think about healthcare models in the silos my physical therapy clinical rotations were centered on: inpatient, outpatient, Read More...
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Expanding Journal Clubs
by Lisa Mueller
As I've written before, I enjoy reading books. Books allow me the opportunity to learn something new, and although they may not be directly related to physical therapy, almost always improve my professional practice. One of my favorite books, Blink by Read More...
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We Are Our Biggest Challenge
by Lisa Mueller
(Editor's Note: Throughout the month of February, ADVANCE bloggers Lisa Mueller and Michael Kelley will post "Dueling Blogs," in which they argue opposing sides of the same issue. Topic #4 -- "What Is the Biggest Challenge to the PT Profession?") When Read More...
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Research and Outcomes Lead the Way
by Lisa Mueller
(Editor's Note: Throughout the month of February, ADVANCE bloggers Lisa Mueller and Michael Kelley will post "Dueling Blogs," in which they argue opposing sides of the same issue. Topic #2 -- "What Drives the PT Profession?") There are many different Read More...
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The APTA: Membership Is Valuable
by Lisa Mueller
(Editor's Note: Throughout the month of February, ADVANCE bloggers Lisa Mueller and Michael Kelley will post "Dueling Blogs," in which they argue opposing sides of the same issue. Topic #1 -- "Is APTA Membership Valuable?") More than five years ago when Read More...
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On a Personal Note...
by Lisa Mueller
Starting next week, fellow ADVANCE blogger Michael Kelley and I will be hosting a series of "Dueling Blogs" for the month of February. Each week we'll debate our perspectives on trending topics in physical therapy. We'd love to hear your perspective, Read More...
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