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  • New Home Health Bill Recognizes OT

    The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Bethesda, Md., has issued a press release revealing that on Dec. 8, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Dean Heller (R-NV) introduced the Medicare Home Heath Flexibility Act (S. 2364). This bill would allow home health agencies the flexibility to use the most appropriate skilled rehabilitation ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on December 23, 2015
  • Productivity and Pay

    For those who work in Long Term Care (LTC) we've all been troubled at one time or another with that nasty word productivity. I still can't believe it's expected to maintain such high numbers when the job entails dealing with people and all the things that occur during a typical day in a nursing home. The concept of productivity came about back ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on July 4, 2014
  • Everything’s Covered, Except…..

    You're an older person and you had a medical issue and now it's time to get some rehab. The natural place to go is a long term care facility (nursing home) where you have meals, a bed and therapy all in one. With private insurance and Medicare you believe that all costs for your rehab stay will be covered. Well, for the most part everything is ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on November 22, 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
  • 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
  • Medicare Fraud Tackled

      You might have seen this in the news, but the presidents federal Health Care Fraud and Abuse Program are hard at work uncovering scams in the system. In 2012 alone they were able to recover $4.2 billion from both companies and individuals who were trying to cheat the system. This was the highest three year total recovered since the ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on February 12, 2013
  • My CEO Makes How Much?

      Just the other day I was talking with one of the nurses I work with, and we got into a discussion of wasted dollars in healthcare. One of the patients was upset because for three days in a row the lab nurse came to draw blood. Another patient was mad because they were being sent out to the hospital for a routine procedure that could have ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on January 28, 2013
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