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  • Running for Boston

    In the fall of 1993, at the ripe old age of seven, I followed my older brother to Portage Park a couple blocks from our house to our grade school's cross country team practice. In what I'm sure was a pretty pathetic effort, I ran my mile around the park as fast as my little legs could carry my 4-foot-and-change, 50-something-pound body. From that ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on April 17, 2014
  • A Blog of Olympic Proportion

    Have you all seen what has been going on in Russia the last few weeks? No, not all that business with the Ukraine and Crimea (although honestly when was the last time one country just up and annexed part of another country? Seriously, it's been a while!). But I'm talking about the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi, Russia. After all the pomp and ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on April 2, 2014
  • Do You Have the Right Stuff?

    I've written before about the obesity epidemic in this country and the potential impact PTs can have in perhaps helping turn the tide in this seemingly endless battle. But when dealing with obesity, prevention isn't everything. As PTs, we are tasked every day with treating patients who are already overweight or obese, and it falls on us to ensure ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on March 13, 2014
  • Hum-PT-y Dum-PT-y Sat on a Wall

    Editor's Note: Throughout the month of February, ADVANCE bloggers Michael Kelley and Lisa Mueller will post ''Dueling Blogs,'' in which they argue opposing sides of the same issue. Topic #4 -- ''What Is the Biggest Challenge to the PT Profession?'') When you have a fever, you go see the doctor. When you have a toothache, you go see the ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on February 27, 2014
  • Bundled Payments

    It sounds like a cable/Internet/phone special being offered by a cable company... but wait... this time the ''cable company'' is actually the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services! Last year, CMS announced a new payment method called ''Bundled Payments.'' Prior to this, for a given episode of care (for example: acute-care hospital stay, ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on January 23, 2014
  • Physical Therapy Co-Pays

    You have to love insurance coverage. When January 1 came around, a number of our patients learned the unfortunate news that their co-pays had jumped anywhere from $10-$50. (The increase from $0 to $50 was an isolated event; however I'd estimate the average rise being around $15). This was a surprise for the majority of our patients, and the most ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on January 13, 2014
  • The Great Weight Debate

    I'm going to take a stab this week at a rather touchy subject. If you haven't already figured it out, one of my passions in life is being active. I'm not some sort of gym-rat or anything like that, but I try to eat healthy and work out regularly. I was also blessed with some pretty good genes when it comes to weight (lots of skinny Irish-folk in ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on November 27, 2013
  • Back to Class

    There's nothing like attending a Saturday continuing education class after a busy week of changing an entire electronic documentation system (which took about a year to create) as well as pulling outpatient appointments out of nowhere because of some type of virus running through the department. Yes, I really am looking forward to absorbing ...
    Posted to Transition to Rehab Management (Weblog) on September 27, 2013
  • Epic Changes

    Being one of several outpatient rehabilitation departments in a large, community-driven healthcare system, we've come to realize there are areas where we can improve the workflow and performance processes that will assist us in running as efficiently as humanly possible. Moving from the west outpatient center to the east outpatient center close to ...
    Posted to Transition to Rehab Management (Weblog) on September 23, 2013
  • Nerve Blocks and Buckling Knees

    Within my hospital system, we have two hospitals where our orthopedic surgeons perform total joint replacements (primarily hips and knees). Their surgical volume is a few thousand cases at each hospital per year. Typically patients stay in the hospital for ''three midnights'' to qualify for Medicare to pay for their SNF stay. However, many private ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on September 4, 2013
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