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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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Our New Pet
by Lisa Mueller
I brought home a new dog last week -- a beautiful 2-year-old affectionate and sedentary English bulldog named Darcy. After a few years of talking about getting a pet, I decided to look more into some breeders and came across Darcy. We decided she seemed Read More...
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Ice Bucket Challenge
by Lisa Mueller
Over the past few weeks, I've noticed more videos of my friends appearing on various social media networks of themselves dumping ice cold water on their heads and nominating others to do the same. I didn't know much about how the trend started and after Read More...
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Is Ebola Frightening?
by Lisa Mueller
I've been trying to keep up with all the news coverage of the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The story is quite captivating as it is not a subject I often hear a lot about, and I like learning and reviewing different topics related to medicine. 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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Are Leaders Doers?
by Lisa Mueller
I was talking with a friend of mine about being a supervisor in rehab and about leadership and management of companies. We were comparing the differences between being a physical therapist and supervising a department. I've written about this previously, 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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