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  • 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
  • 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
  • Words of Patient Wisdom

    Wisdom comes to us in many ways. Last week one of my patients told me not to get old. Being an old lady is hard on you. I've never heard it put any better. You Might Also Like... Prime Performance for Swimmers How rehab professionals are helping competitive swimmers finish faster and alleviate injuries.
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on September 10, 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
  • My First Rotation: The Skilled Nursing Facility

    My program is unique in that we do our first full-time, 4-week rotation at the tail end of our first year. My first, along with the rest of my classmates, was in the SNF setting. ''SNF'' stands for skilled nursing facility, or nursing home. I greatly enjoyed my experience in my SNF, which was a 196-bed facility that had approximately 50% long-term ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on July 10, 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 ...
  • My Patients Are Sicker Than Ever

    We're all well aware of the fattening of our patients. Years ago facilities rented bariatric equipment. Now they own it. Obesity compounds other medical problems as well as interfering with mobilization, and the trend continues. I've noticed another trend that doesn't seem to be getting attention. Our patients are sicker than they've ever ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on June 10, 2015
  • The Patient Is Always Right No Matter What

    My facility has instituted a new policy: Keep the patient happy no matter what. Staff has been instructed to think of patients and their families as clients. Happy clients tell friends about their experiences. We want those friends to choose our facility if they ever need long-term care. That way we can maintain our financial goals. Nothing is ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on June 5, 2015
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