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  • Taking Dad Fishing

    Last weekend, we took Dad fishing - a sport that he has always enjoyed since he was a young boy who fished with his father. In Dad's younger years, he especially enjoyed fishing from a boat, and has fond memories of yearly trips up to the north woods of Minnesota where he and a bunch of his buddies enjoyed a week of rustic ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on July 28, 2015
  • Breakthrough for OTs to Provide Behavioral Health Services

    The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Bethesda, Md., recently issued a press release announcing a major achievement for the profession -- inclusion of occupational therapy in newly established criteria for mental health services. On May 20, the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA) included licensed occupational ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on July 1, 2015
  • Confidentiality and Healthcare

    I turned on the television last night, to a channel that exclusively plays reruns of popular old shows. I was delighted to see ''The Bob Newhart Show.'' On air from 1972 to 1978, Bob starred in this sitcom as Dr. Bob Hartley, a psychologist with an endearing assortment of quirky patients who appeared on many of the episodes. I loved that show in ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on March 18, 2015
  • Will the FTC Slow Down the Current Medical Merger Mania?

    Many of us remember the merger mania in healthcare that occurred in the 1990's, and how the push toward consolidation that started with hospitals trickled down to the private practice  therapy sector. If we fast forward to 2014, it is readily apparent that the ''urge to merge'' is back.  We see local hospitals in a merger frenzy, and ...
    Posted to Taking Care of Rehab Business (Weblog) on October 1, 2014
  • Non-Compete Clauses That Work

    Last week's New York Times featured an article about non-compete clauses and how they are ''popping'' up in many fields. This should not be ''new'' news to us in the healthcare industry, since many therapists either ask others or are asked themselves to sign a non compete clause.  I always discuss this issue with therapists  and know ...
    Posted to Taking Care of Rehab Business (Weblog) on June 18, 2014
  • The Push for Price Transparency in HealthCare Takes a Big Jump

    It is not every day that a physical therapist is front page news in the prestigious NY Times, but that was the case yesterday when an article detailed that a solo therapist billed over $4M to Medicare in 2012. I encourage everyone to read the article because there are many lessons to learn. What is the biggest takeaway? Are you confident enough ...
    Posted to Taking Care of Rehab Business (Weblog) on April 29, 2014
  • What is Covered?

    This week's question actually comes from the parent of a child who received an OT evaluation. The question brings to light an issue relevant to all OTs in private practice. Recently my daughter had an Occupational Therapy Evaluation. I requested that the OT discuss the results of the evaluation with me, which she did. A week later, I ...
    Posted to Taking Care of Rehab Business (Weblog) on April 7, 2014
  • End of Year Checklist: Understanding Your Insurance Policies

    Occupational therapists in private practice need safeguards to prevent or manage avoidable risks, and appropriate insurance policies are a major component of any risk-management plan. As you evaluate your professional risks, consider the strength or extent of your practice policies and procedures and the composition of your staff. For your ...
    Posted to Taking Care of Rehab Business (Weblog) on December 11, 2013
  • 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
  • Medical Insurance for Retirees

    It looks like the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has developed another plus for our senior citizens. With the current changes in healthcare coverage coming with ACA some companies have changed the way they plan to fund retirement medical benefits. Several large corporations have decided to drop private purchasing of retirement health benefits and ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on September 20, 2013
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