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  • 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
  • Will Social Security be Enough?

      As a COTA I did enjoy earning a fair wage, however like most people in this economy found it difficult to put a good chunk away for retirement. We have many excuses, but with the financial outlook of Social Security and Medicare it is time to begin taking a serious look at your financial well-being.   It is difficult to save any ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on June 4, 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
  • Time Away

      Hello readers, sorry I've been gone for a while. I had to take a bit of time away from the blog in order to deal with some personal issues. Life is always challenging, and sometimes a break is needed. Sometimes a break is just to refresh your spirit. For me this was both.   One personal issue is my mom, who fell recently and broke ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on May 16, 2013
  • prn COTA Work

      Working as a COTA in a prn status has its advantages, but it also has it disadvantages too. As much as the flexibility of setting your own schedule is nice, some days there is no need for extra help.   So working prn status you can set the hours and days you prefer to work. That is nice for times when you need a day off for a ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on April 6, 2013
  • Counting Minutes and Other Issues

      I really have to say the new computer system is really affecting my productivity. It is terrible, but lately all I do during a treatment is check minutes. In the many buildings I travel to therapists are dealing with the issue in different ways, and for the most part I don't like it.   So our daily log is now one page with a list ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on April 2, 2013
  • Caseload Craziness

      So at work this week one of my schedules had five patients on it. Four of these were in the facilities locked unit, meaning their major diagnosis was Alzheimer's or dementia. Three of the four refused to do any therapy without a lot of coaxing and encouragement. Spending the time to talk them into doing any therapy wasted so much time ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on March 27, 2013
  • Memorable Patients

      Just this week I had a patient who made my day. This person was very friendly, willing to participate addressing all of their goals, and had some great stories. It made the entire treatment pass so quickly I went way over the scheduled time.   But this got me thinking about patients I've worked with over the years, especially some ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on March 23, 2013