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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 ...
  • Ensuring Proper Translation with Patients

    My hospital serves a large population of non-English-speaking patients. At any given time, one-third to one-half of my caseload speaks Spanish. As a result, the Interpreter Services Department was created. They either employ or contract for interpreters in almost every language. This includes sign language. We are supposed to use these translators ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on September 30, 2015
  • 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
  • OT Practitioners Are Headed to Capitol Hill

    The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) just issued a press release this week declaring that hundreds of OT clinicians, educators, and students from across the United States will meet with elected officials Sept. 28 on Capitol Hill. They intend to discuss key legislative issues affecting the profession and the current state ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on September 18, 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
  • 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
  • OTs Teaching PTs

    While there are many important differences between the physical and occupational therapy fields, it is more often than not found that each profession can learn a lot from the other. Back in July I went to visit Phoebe Ministries, a non-profit, multi-facility organization specializing in health care, housing, and support services for seniors ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on September 4, 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
  • Study Reflects Poorly on Self-Referral to PT Services

    The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Alexandria, Va., recently issued a press release concerning a new study. Published in the Forum for Health Economics & Policy, the study is titled ''Physician Self-Referral of Physical Therapy Services for Patients with Low Back Pain: Implications for Use, Types of Treatments Received and ...
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