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  • COTA Jobs

    I still receive emails from people asking about COTA jobs and schools. I had one just recently asking about entering the field into pediatrics. As much as I hated to steer someone away from entering the profession, I had to make them aware of the few opportunities available in peds for a COTA. With 86% of all COTAs employed in Long Term Care ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on July 25, 2014
  • What’s Our Job?

    As a COTA, I've always thought my job was to get people better so they can resume their life. Whatever they need that I, as an OT, can offer to help them achieve that goal is what I want them to have. Of course with geriatric rehab, most of the patients' wishes are to be able to return home. This is a big task for some, with safety and self-care ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on November 8, 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
  • Retirement Thoughts

    So when you retire will you still work? Isn't retirement supposed to be when you can stop working? The problem is many people who plan to retire early are not financially ready to make that transition. The first thing that you'll need to consider is your mortgage. About 50% of people age 62 still have a mortgage. If you draw money from a ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on September 13, 2013
  • Rural Therapy

    I just returned from a trip out to the Midwest visiting family. They live in a small town with a population of around 4,000 people. Towns out there are miles apart, and the closest city for major shopping is almost an hour away. That got me thinking about my first job as a COTA, driving around rural Missouri providing therapy in small hospitals, ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on September 8, 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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