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  • 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
  • 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
  • Detroit's Bankruptcy Will Affect Medicare

    On the news lately has been the City of Detroit filing for bankruptcy, and other than initial impacts it may well have some long term affects too. Other cities are looking at methods of cutting employees medical insurance costs, and seek to end insurance coverage after retirement. Since the city has declared bankruptcy it is trying to push ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on August 16, 2013
  • Good Riddance to Pre-Existing Conditions

    In little over four months, insurers will no longer be able to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions. Finally, one of the most profound failings of our current healthcare system, and a source of worry for so many families across the country will be solved. This is a huge gain for consumers and those healthcare providers who will now be ...
    Posted to Taking Care of Rehab Business (Weblog) on August 6, 2013
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