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  • The Future of COTAs

    Healthcare reform, the economic recession, reduced insurance reimbursements, Medicare and Medicaid cutbacks -- how will this affect the future of the COTA? Some people are quite nervous right now, thinking that Obamacare will eliminate the COTA position. Others are worried that the planned Medicare cuts will decrease salaries. Some have stated ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on October 18, 2013
  • Things to Know About the Affordable Care Act

    October 1st is the official sign up start for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare. There are some things you will need to know before that time, especially if you purchase your own medical insurance. If you have medical insurance provided through your workplace, not much will affect you immediately. However future ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on August 30, 2013
  • Continuing Education in the Old Days

    So are you one of the ones that hates having to attend yet another long and boring continuing education class? Over my years as a COTA I attended many classes to get Continuing Education Credits (CEUs). Yes some are boring, and repetitious, but it's all in what you want to make it. Before the days of internet education, we actually had to go to ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on August 23, 2013
  • The End of Social Security?

    No, Social Security is not ending completely. Congress is looking at changes however to up the age bracket for when you can begin collecting. Social Security was established years ago to help the working person survive after retiring but with so many people living and collecting longer, the fund is being drained at a rapid pace. As much as the ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on July 18, 2013
  • Affordable Care Act Delayed

      Congress has decided to delay the Affordable Care Act (ACA or ObamaCare) for one year. Small businesses with fewer than fifty employees now have until 2015 before they must offer health insurance to their workers. In response to this news, stock prices went down for almost all healthcare related businesses.   So what does this have ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on July 3, 2013
  • Healthcare Fraud and Abuse

      News of fraud and abuse in our healthcare system appears frequently these days. Between scams, double billing and code jamming many dollars are illegally claimed from the system. Whether it be from Medicare, Medicaid or an insurance company, one thing is certain, the honest consumers pay for it.   Just recently the Medicare Fraud ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on May 31, 2013
  • Uninsured Plan Winds Down

    Citing financial concerns the federal government has quietly begun to shut down the president's medical healthcare plan for those who are uninsurable. They have already served 135,000 people, the majority suffering from cancer or heart failure, but the remaining money congress set aside for this plan will now be reserved for those enrolled in ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on February 19, 2013
  • Medicare Fraud Tackled

      You might have seen this in the news, but the presidents federal Health Care Fraud and Abuse Program are hard at work uncovering scams in the system. In 2012 alone they were able to recover $4.2 billion from both companies and individuals who were trying to cheat the system. This was the highest three year total recovered since the ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on February 12, 2013
  • My CEO Makes How Much?

      Just the other day I was talking with one of the nurses I work with, and we got into a discussion of wasted dollars in healthcare. One of the patients was upset because for three days in a row the lab nurse came to draw blood. Another patient was mad because they were being sent out to the hospital for a routine procedure that could have ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on January 28, 2013
  • Ethics VS Productivity

      As I've always said, productivity standards can jeopardize our ethical obligation. Trying to maintain productivity on a consistent basis is a tough task, especially with most employers requiring 85% or better. However, faced with the threat of losing your job can easily tempt us to alter the minutes we ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on January 22, 2013
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