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  • To My Dissenters

    I have been accused of being ageist, burnt out and one anonymous reader said I should work in a fast food restaurant as a favor to the patients I see. A state licensing investigator even contacted me for something I wrote because a reader or two did not agree with my opinion. Perhaps I should stick with feel-good stories about how the PT and I ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on March 18, 2014
  • Is 'ASPT' the Answer?

    ‘ASPT' should be the new designation for PTAs who have an associate's degree in physical therapy. The PTAs who have successfully challenged the testing and don't have a degree as a PTA should not be allowed to use this. These new letters will denote we have an associate's degree in physical therapy and will practice and be licensed as a physical ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on February 19, 2014
  • EMS and Home Assessments

    National Public Radio recently did a story on Dr. Kevin Munjal, who is in charge of EMS at Mt. Sinai hospital in New York. His idea to put the EMS system in the forefront of preventative medicine is interesting. Rather than the EMTs and paramedics simply picking up or dropping the patients off, they should inspect the home for loose wiring, throw ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on February 5, 2014
  • What Am I Worth?

    There has been much discussion recently about how much people earn. Whether comparison of PT/PTA salaries by region, such as on the ADVANCE website, or in politics regarding raising the minimum wage (don't worry, I'm not going to tackle that slippery slope), people want to know: What am I worth? It's timely though, as I've been perseverating over ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on January 31, 2014
  • Jimmo v. Sebelius

    By January 23, 2014, CMS will have completed the manual revisions and educational campaign regarding this case. Frankly I haven't seen much about the educational aspect of the case and I had to look up the revisions they made on various websites to get a better overview and understanding of the information involved. The goal of the settlement ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on January 23, 2014
  • Employment Testing

    I have been employed in the therapy sector since 1996. I've worked in hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient buildings, pediatrics, school districts, home health and wound care. I have several certificates related to different clinical and business aspects of care. But all of this doesn't make me an expert at what I do. It simply means I have a lot ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on December 18, 2013
  • Older Workers Benefit Protection Act

    Federal age discrimination laws state that an employer may not discriminate on basis of age for those who are 40 years old and older (provided your employer has more than 20 employees). I am over 40 years old so this affects me personally. Last week, I posted a blog asking why there is no mandatory retirement age for ''old'' therapists. I ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on September 5, 2013
  • Conditions for Licensing

    Once again, I was searching the state board websites and came across some applications that asked whether the prospective licensee had a disease or condition that interfered with the ability to perform the essential functions of the profession. If so, the PT or PTA was expected to give supporting documentation about this condition. I guess this ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on February 20, 2013
  • What Is a Physical Therapist Extender?

    Reading Jason Marketti's blog last week reminded me of a discussion we're having here in Texas. It's called RC-3 and is an amendment to the Texas Physical Therapy Practice Act. It proposes unlicensed individuals such as athletic trainers and massage therapists be used as PT extenders. These extenders are to provide care as directed by the physical ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on October 9, 2012
  • Total PT Immersion

    As PTs and PTAs, we went through enough testing in school and yet we had to pass one more test to get that magical piece of paper from the licensing board. The problem is that to get that license to practice, we did not have to show any skills to the state board demonstrating that we knew what we were doing. Maybe the licensing board trusts the ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on September 11, 2012
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