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  • Study Shows Benefits of PT for Obese COPD Patients

    A new study has surfaced displaying the benefits of physical therapy for obese patients hospitalized with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Researchers at the University of Granada and Virgen de las Nieves Hospital, both located in Spain, have seen results that suggest less hospitalization for those suffering with the disease. ...
  • The Obesity Issue

    Last week I heard a statistic about obesity in the United States. Currently 36% of all Americans are obese, with the number higher in the older population, according to a recent survey. I don't know if the number is accurate but it's probably close. That is a scary number for PTs since the majority of our patient population falls into the older ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on December 16, 2015
  • Do All Medicare Part A Patients Need Therapy?

    Today the answer is yes, particularly if the patient is a resident of the facility who went out with a medical problem. Not only do these patients need therapy, they need to be on caseload as long as possible. It is the only way a SNF can survive. Years ago, what I refer to as ''back in the day,'' we had the same scenario. We were encouraged to ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on December 3, 2015
  • APTA Takes Aim at SNF Productivity Controversy

    The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Alexandria, Va., issued an Oct. 8 press release detailing how the organization has spoken out in The New York Times (NYT). This initiative was precipitated by recent reports that skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) are taking advantage of Medicare billing policies. The APTA states that these ...
  • The Reimbursement Paradox

    I wish someone could explain this to me. The baby boomers are aging. Each year, millions more of them will become eligible for Medicare. Instead of increasing funding to cover everyone at current levels, the government is decreasing the funding. Everyone will still get funding but with less coverage. As physical therapists, we know the aging ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on September 23, 2015
  • Tai Chi Improves Physical Function

    Yoga and Pilates are both well known in the therapy world and are often used as a complementary activity for patients with chronic pain and long-term conditions. Not many people, however, use Tai Chi as an example of such exercises - but maybe they should start. The British Journal of Sports and Medicine published a systematic review on the ...
  • The PT Job Search Continues

    This week I thought I'd follow up on my friend's job search. She graduated the same year I did and lost her job last month. I'm tracking her progress because the plight of experienced therapists seeking work is completely overshadowed by how new grads are doing. As of last Friday, she had three interviews. Within three days, one told her no. It ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on September 16, 2015
  • The Skilled Nursing Facility Conundrum

    Last week I was involved in a discussion regarding membership in the APTA. For once the topic wasn't new graduates but therapists who were members but no longer are. The question was, what would it take to bring them back in? What do they value? I responded by describing how a SNF functions. Fix that chaos and they'll return. SNFs are unique. ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on September 2, 2015
  • Why Nothing Will Change at the APTA

    In my last blog, I described my concerns that nothing will change with the APTA, expensive consultant group or not. I expect them to continue with the same message but repackage with new words. I see subtlety in their future. The reason I don't expect change is simple. The same people will still be in charge. No one is stepping down from a ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on August 19, 2015
  • PT Day on Capitol Hill

    The morning of June 4 started very early for more than 1,000 dedicated attendees at the American Physical Therapy Association's NEXT 2015 Conference & Exposition in National Harbor, Md. These hardy souls awoke before the sun, donned their professional best and headed downstairs by 6 a.m. for a quick breakfast before boarding shuttle buses ...
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