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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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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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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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Ends Justify the Means
by Lisa Mueller
I took three courses of philosophy during my undergraduate years and never really got into it. I'm not even completely sure I understood the phrase, "the end justifies the means," until I was a little older. Experiences added up and I learned how to focus 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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What Equipment Do You Need?
by Lisa Mueller
When I was in my outpatient neuro clinical rotation I learned a lot from my instructor about PNF skills as well as standing, kneeling and seated balance training. It was a lot of hands-on work and we didn't use a lot of equipment other than parallel bars 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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