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  • 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
  • Falls -- They Come in Threes

    Just over a week ago, I had my first experience with an incident report. All in all, it wasn't a big deal. A patient of mine with T11 paraplegia was attempting to stand from his wheelchair to complete a 10-meter walk test. As it turns out, his brakes (even when engaged) barely work. He went to push up from the chair, it started to slide backward, ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on January 21, 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
  • Utilizing Downtime

    I guess it's inevitable that in a city (Pittsburgh) with cold, snowy winters, there are bound to be a ton of cancellations in the winter months. Add that on to an already light caseload (which I assume is also related to the winter months), and it can make for some very slow days. Take last Friday, for example. I only had six patients on my ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on January 6, 2014
  • Outpatient PT -- A Different World

    So like all PT students, I did one of my clinical rotations at an outpatient clinic. Mine was 10 weeks in a private practice clinic down in North Carolina. My CI was great and I did learn a lot, but really, that was the extent of my outpatient experience. Even as a student, I knew the outpatient setting wasn't where I wanted to start my PT career. ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on December 18, 2013
  • Workplace Changes Continue

    As I approach the one-year mark of becoming the manager of a large outpatient rehabilitation facility, I realize the changes that have taken place in such a short period of time. Not only was I put into this position to assist a department that needed someone to look out for them, but also help assist them with organization from the front desk to ...
    Posted to Transition to Rehab Management (Weblog) on December 13, 2013
  • Winter Falls

    ''‘Twas the season of winter, So if you look right or look left, The elderly are falling, Requiring an ORIF.'' Okay, so maybe not quite the holiday story we grew up with, but as Old Man Winter once again settles in for the next few months, we're reminded that amidst the cold and wind and ice, snowflakes won't be the only thing falling out ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on December 12, 2013
  • PT Students Working Holidays

    It's the age-old question for PT students on rotation around the holidays -- will I be expected to work? There's inevitably that awkward point when the issue finally surfaces and you find yourself trying to test the waters mid-conversation. Someone brings up Thanksgiving, which spins into the winter holidays, and all of a sudden you're in a panic ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on December 3, 2013
  • 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
  • Continuum of Care

    In transferring from inpatient rehab to a local outpatient PT clinic, I have the unique opportunity to see patients throughout their course of recovery. When I arrived to my current clinical site, I recognized at least three patients who had been on either the brain injury or spinal cord injury units when I was completing my clinical rotations at ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on November 25, 2013
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