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  • Hum-PT-y Dum-PT-y Sat on a Wall

    Editor's Note: Throughout the month of February, ADVANCE bloggers Michael Kelley and Lisa Mueller 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 you have a fever, you go see the doctor. When you have a toothache, you go see the ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on February 27, 2014
  • Who's In the Driver's Seat?

    (Editor's Note: Throughout the month of February, ADVANCE bloggers Michael Kelley and Lisa Mueller will post ''Dueling Blogs,'' in which they argue opposing sides of the same issue. Topic #2 -- ''What Drives the PT Profession?'') The PT profession has no doubt changed a lot since our humble beginnings. Even over the past 10-20 years, the ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on February 14, 2014
  • The APTA -- Why Bother?

    (Editor's Note: Throughout the month of February, ADVANCE bloggers Michael Kelley and Lisa Mueller will post ''Dueling Blogs,'' in which they argue opposing sides of the same issue. Topic #1 -- ''Is APTA Membership Valuable?'') I was an APTA member for one year when I started working. I'll be honest, the only reason I joined was because my ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on February 6, 2014
  • Fall Semester Done

    After much sweat and tears this past semester, I've finally managed to finish my three online classes for my DPT with a month to spare. It was perhaps the most challenging semester so far, with a class titled ''Direct Access.'' Having worked 20-plus years for healthcare systems, I was quite comfortable with seeing patients who were required by ...
    Posted to Transition to Rehab Management (Weblog) on November 8, 2012
  • PT Legislative Battle Rages in California

    Physical therapists who haven't been paying attention to the legislative battle raging in California might want to start. As the APTA detailed in its Aug. 30 press release, ''In California, a Rough Ride for Senate Bill 924,'' the latest salvo was just fired: ''California physical therapists have been infuriated by the legislative wrangling that ...
  • PT 2012 Preview: The Profession’s New Role

      If you ever get a chance to talk to actors, you'll find that one of their biggest fears is being ''typecast'': always up for parts playing the same character-the good guy, the bad guy, the ''sidekick,'' the token girlfriend, the criminal, the rough-at-the-edges cop, the snob...you name it. Have too much success at one type of role, the ...
  • Countering the Cap

    On Feb. 22, President Obama signed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (HR 3630), noted a Feb. 24 press release from the APTA. Among other facets, this act extends the therapy cap exceptions process for the remainder of 2012. The law mandates consistent use of the KX modifier upon reaching the $1,880 therapy cap and puts in ...
  • A Case for Direct PT Access

    An Oct. 14 press release from the APTA detailed the results of an intriguing new study in the journal Health Services Research. The study suggests ''the role of the physician gatekeeper in regard to physical therapy may be unnecessary in many cases'' and could have significant implications for the U.S. health care system. Funded by a grant from ...
  • PT and Loan Repayment

    We recently had a representative from the APTA speak to our class about the structure of the organization, as well as some current legislative topics that are on the radar within physical therapy. What sparked my interest most was the prospect of PT being added to the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) list of eligible professionals to benefit ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on October 3, 2011
  • Confronting Clinical Autonomy

    In our July 11, 2011 issue, our Management Focus story ''A More Direct Approach'' by Larry Briand, MS, PT, ATC, and Kevin Svoboda, PT, discussed how practice owners can hone their referral approaches in this new era of direct access for PTs. They brought up a point that especially got my attention. They stated, ''Some hurdles still block the ...