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  • Asthma Educator Institute

    Continuing education is a necessity in the field of medicine. As a respiratory therapist, I want to know current evidence based information to provide my patients quality and cost effective care. This week, I went to a two day seminar provided by the America Lung Association called the Asthma Educator Institute (AEI). Most of the people there were ...
  • Education as Engine

    Every year since 1955, an occupational therapy leader has been honored to give the Eleanor Clark Slagle lecture at the AOTA annual conference and expo. Slagle was a pioneering occupational therapist, co-founding the National Society for the Promotion of Occupational Therapy in 1910, and a dedicated social activist, working with Jane Addams at ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on April 9, 2014
  • Striking Out on Your Own

    This week's question comes from an OT student at Ithaca College due to graduate this May: Given that my goal is to open my own private practice, in your opinion, what would be a good time frame - how soon can I start, how helpful is it to first work in another private practice? For the overwhelming majority of new graduates (with the rare ...
    Posted to Taking Care of Rehab Business (Weblog) on March 5, 2014
  • 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
  • Sleep Educators Course

    I have to admit that the BRPT has really stepped up to create the next step of growth in our field. It is an impressive sight, when a conference room is overfilled and there are 300 eager people learning about the extended role of the educator. This was a motivated group of people open to learning new skills, the role of ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on October 3, 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
  • Student Loans

      A bit off my normal topics today, but the recent student loan debates in Congress makes me think where the next class of professionals will come from. If you've read anything about the student loan talks going on, you know that President Obama wants to raise the interest rates on student loans to double the current rate. Today (June 27, ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on June 27, 2013
  • I Miss…

      The one good thing I can say about retirement is the hours are great. I can show up any time I want without getting into trouble!   However, I really miss working with people. Every day as a COTA was something new, a new patient, a big gain with a patient, or just that one person who said the right thing to make your day. ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on June 25, 2013
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