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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
  • Doctors Opting Out of Medicare

    Hello Readers. Sorry I've been gone for a while. From now on I will be posting a new blog every Friday. More rules and smaller reimbursement rates lead to frustrated doctors who have begun to opt out of participation with Medicare. The number of doctors deciding to not participate has tripled in the last three years. At the same time, some ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on August 11, 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
  • COTA Salaries and Hours

      I see many COTAs who enter the profession for the salary. Some may not know what they are getting into; others have done their research and are aware of what the job entails. I definitely know that I was not fully aware of some of the things I would do over my years as a COTA, but that's another story.   Yes the pay is decent as a ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on June 19, 2013
  • COTA Schools and Jobs

      As the number of schools increase that teach the OTA program, are the graduates able to find jobs? One source I follow says no, but others say they are finding job offers. The one common thread I am finding though is some COTAs are completing three or more interviews before landing a job.   I do see changes in Medicare happening, ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on June 11, 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
  • Social Security

      Were you aware that there are 54.8 million people in the U.S. receiving Social Security benefits? That is 17.6% of our population. With the baby boomer generation adding to those numbers daily, the fund could be depleted by 2033.   Began in 1935 by Congress to provide ''old age benefits'' for families, workers and employers ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on May 24, 2013
  • Retirement

      Well as I mentioned in my last blog I have retired as a COTA. I don't miss getting up in the mornings to get ready for work, but I already miss meeting and working with people. That was one of the key matters considered as this decision was made because I knew it would leave a blank in my life.   As much as there were always a few ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on May 20, 2013
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